The Otter Creek Wilderness Area has many trails, mostly for hiking through the wilderness. Biking is prohibited in the wilderness area but horses are allowed in some areas. One of the trails, the most popular, follows an abandoned railroad grade along Otter Creek between Condon Run and Dry Fork River. The trail crosses the creek in many places and there are no bridges.
Horseback riders are urged not to use the segment between Moore Run Trail and Green Mountain Trail; the main Otter Creek Trail is narrow through here and the drop-off steep. Instead use the Possession Camp or Mylius trails.
Parking and Trail Access
Otter Creek Wilderness is located on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest in Tucker and Randolph counties. The gate on McGowan Mountain Road (FR 324) at the boundary with the Fernow Experimental Forest is closed between April 15 and August 15. Contact the Cheat Ranger District in Parsons at (304) 478-2000.
To reach Condon Run take Stuart Memorial Drive (FR 91) 1.4 miles north of State Route 33; go right at the fork (FR 303). Trailhead parking is 0.6 mile away. The Dry Fork trailhead is off State Route 72 south of Hendricks.