Once at the top, the trail runs the length of Fore Mountain. It switches from one side of the ridge to the other several times on the journey east. There are many clearings and ponds along the trail that offer good views and peaceful resting spots. Each of the clearings offer something different for the hiker to enjoy. Some are open and sunny with views to the north and south, while others are shady and cool with limited views even during leaf off. Most of these clearings would make good campsites as long as they were kept away from the ponds and a no trace ethic was practiced. This section also intersects the Dry Run Trail at mile 6. Dry Run Trail is also known as Skyline Trail and there may still be old signs at the intersection with skyline written on them.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
Fore Mountain Trail is located on Fore Mountain northeast of Covington in Alleghany County. From I-64 take exit 16 and turn east on route 1104. Turn left just before the Western Sizzlin onto Smokey Bear Lane. Follow this road 0.1 miles to the trail head.
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