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). During the winter thaw and spring rains, this trail gets wet and muddy; you'll find 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 can be difficult going on a mountain bike and is recommended for hiking only.
There are camping options along the trail: a small campground at the trail's start and more near mile 5, where the trail crosses Forest Service Road 51.
Parking and Trail Access
From Durbin, take US 250 east. After you pass Bartow, the highway merges with WV Route 28. Stay on Route 28, and about 6 miles from Bartow you will see signs for Island Campground, where the trail begins in the middle of the campgrounds, just off the road.
If the campsites are full and there is nowhere to park, continue going northeast on Route 28 another 5 miles to Forest Service Road 112. Follow this for about 2 miles until it forks with Forest Service Road 254. Take 254 to the end, where there is a gate marking the beginning of private property. The trail begins to the left of this gate; parking is available on the side of the road.
Don't try it! Not a "rail-trail"!!!
We just did a 3-day bike tour loop incorporating this trail (along with great fire roads and the awesome West Fork Rail Trail), but this East Fork Trail was a disaster--took us 7 hours (including breaks) to push our loaded mountain bikes the 8-mile length ...