The scenic East Fork Trail follows the East Fork of the Greenbrier River through hemlock stands and pine plantations and past many small waterfalls, extending 8 miles from the Island Campground in Bartow to Pig’s Ear Road (Forest Service Road 254). The trail can be difficult going on a mountain bike and is recommended for hiking only.
During the winter thaw and spring rains, this trail gets wet and muddy, with stream crossings at mile 2.5 and near mile 6. You can avoid the first crossing by staying on the east side of the stream and looking for the trail blazes again within 300 yards. The final section of the trail leaves the banks of the Greenbrier River and follows a steep uphill climb to Pig’s Ear Road.
The East Fork Trail is a treat at any time of year, but if you hit the trail during berry season, be sure to look around for tasty, wild service berries, also called mountain blueberries, which can be found along the entire corridor.
Anglers, rafters and others have overnight options along the trail. In addition to the small campground at the trail’s start, there are more campsites near mile 5, where the trail crosses Forest Service Road 51.
Trail Manager Contact
United States Forest Service (MNF)
Monongahela National Forest
200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, West Virginia
This is a single-track and often steep, once a logging railroad