39 end. 39 or on up the Forrest Road 232? Sports & Recreation. Just got back from doing this hike and thought I would leave a few comments. This is a beautiful, gravel road loop on mostly gated roads. Hike down Cranberry Road a couple miles and take the Tumbling Rock Trail #214 as it climbs back up to the North-South Trail #688 along the creek. You can camp anywhere within the Monongahela National Forrest if you don't want to stay in the campground. These days Rick is kickin’ back and enjoying trips a little more, thanks to the addition of his newest teamster, Felicia. First, the difficulty rating of 5 is inaccurate. It may be more scenic in the fall when the leaves are changing colors, but in the middle of June it's all trees. Note that you'll only need to ford ONCE, not three times like I've read on other sites. Having the blazes there is great for when you second-guess yourself ("Is this really the way? Cranberry River Sites are located near Richwood in southeastern WV along FR 76(See google directions below). The beauty of the river was just stunning. It’s called Wilderness for a reason; sundered only by unmarked trails, this seemingly endless temperate jungle of Appalachian hardwoods and red spruce is bestrewn with moss-covered rocks and dappled with wildflowers. ), but no bears. (AKA – the Good Help). Early October, when the leaves change color, is probably the prettiest time to take this backpack. The first day we hiked from the parking area to the first campsite along the river. The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. At the intersection of forest road 738b I got several pictures of a large black bear before it wandered on into the woods, and while making the descent to Cranberry River I was charged by a pheasent with little ones. Rentals & Guides: Guided tours are conducted throughout the summer months. Access is by foot from Cranberry Glades Parking Area along U. S. Forest Service Rt. What made the trip great was the more than usaul wildlife I got to see along the trail. Thought I'd add a few things I noticed to complement what everyone else has said. We camped about 1/2 mile above the drop, only cause it was near dark and that drop off was wet. Water was EXTREMELY cold but all in all we had no problems crossing. 9 hours) - it was a lovely hike, not too strenuous elevation-wise, just a lot of distance. Cranberry River Sites NF Campground - 4.49 mi / 7.22 km Big Rock NF Campground - 4.83 mi / 7.78 km Summit Lake NF Campground - 5.33 mi / 8.58 km Williams River Dispersed NF Campground - 11.24 mi / 18.09 km Tea Creek NF Campground - 11.41 mi / 18.36 km Day Run NF Campground - 12.57 mi / 20.23 km. It makes a loop and passes by three shelters along the Cranberry River where you can spend the night. Follow it for approximately 1.7 miles to the junction of Tumbling Rock Tr. Owner and founder of Cranberry Adventures, Rick has never met a stranger and is always there to help! Peaceful & Rejuvenating, you'll be located in town at 76 1/2 East Walnut Street in Richwood WV-Gateway to the Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry & Cherry Rivers & Cherry Hill CC Golf Course! Check state fishing regulations for special Cranberry River Fishing Areas. Turn right on FR 738B for 20 yards, then left uphill on the initially wider continuation of the Kennison Mount Trail. Another guy and I did the trail in last weekend of apr '12. I stupidly thought a pair of flip-flops from Walmart would get the job done (what was I thinking? There are overnight shelters along the river for anglers to spend the night. Turn right onto FR76 (Black on the map). It was probly the best mixture of dense woods walking mixed with wide open trail next to a river. If you're interested in doing this hike, my advice would be read through everyone else's excellent trail reviews on this site and GO DO IT! I had to go slow the last mile down to the river but it was manageable with my poles. It’s very likely you won’t be ready to head home after just one day, so check out the shelters available along the water for overnight trips. During high use, the centrally located Bishop Knob Campground can usually accommodate campers when no sites are available along the Cranberry or Williams River Corridors. The cabin sits on 10 acres which are mostly horse-friendly pastures and two spring-fed ponds and a stream. Cuddle Up & Be Cozy! is truly magical in parts, and well worth it. As you near the confluence of the main fork of the Cranberry you'll pass a liming station on the right which is used to neutralize the acidity in the river. The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. All rights reserved. It all started with Rick Green. Also, the second half of the loop follows the river for a few miles and has many little streams you could use. That route is less monotonous, has a few views, a nice waterfall and a great camp at Beechy run/Williams river confluence. A few things that I read in the reviews and used in my own adventure were as follows: (1) trekking poles are a must. You could take things a little slower, allow time for a meal or two, and still complete this as a day hike. ... West Virginia. Organized into two … Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing and hunting licensing requirements. The single water crossing is not difficult. The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The scenery includes rugged mountains with streams, waterfalls … The river has also been known historically as Cranberry Creek. Head upstream on the non-blazed Cranberry River service road passing the Birchlog Trail, Tumbling Rock Trail and Shelter, North Fork Shelter (stay right where the North Fork Trail splits left), and South Fork Shelter where Cranberry River passes under the service road. Overall, A REALLY FUN HIKE! Meadow River Campground. The river is popular with fishermen from throughout the eastern United States. The beauty of the river was just stunning. I went after 2 days of heavy rainfall and the end of the first day was a very steep downhill. This was my first solo backpacking trip and wow it was gorgeous. An amateur edit of a trout fishing weekend on the Cranberry River in West Virginia. I didn't have to use my bear mace, but having it gave me peace of mind. Even if it hadn't rained I still feel poles would be very helpful. From what I can find online, there are no shelters along Dogway, only shelters are on Cranberry section. Trail markings were frequent, and the trail is obvious. The Forest Service maintains seven camping shelters along the Cranberry River and about 75 … From this point, Cranberry River will be on the left and out of view. You're not going to have to search for the trail. We hiked a total of 10 miles, 5 on Friday and 5 on Saturday. If you are going for views and scenery, I would find a different hike. In the spring, kayaks run the section from the Cranberry campground to the river’s mouth. With more than her fair share of experience with four legged critters, and an ornery personality folks quickly come to love, Rick has come to realize he’s not the only mule skinner on this river people love to hang out with. I took my 12 year old son and we did an over night staying at the Lost Run camp site. We didn't go off of the forest road due to the time of the year but will def come back in the fall. The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. From this point, Cranberry River will be on the left and out of view. I hiked the Cranberry wilderness about 15 years ago with my brother and we enjoyed this route, but we liked the middle fork of the Williams and the Beechy Run circuit much better. Cranberry Adventures. Located on Forest Road 76, 13.5 miles from Richwood, West Virginia, and 7 miles from Dyer, West Virginia. Just finished this hike today. There are sixteen miles of backcountry river including the North and South Forks of the Cranberry River. Water was below the bottom of shorts, and not too fast moving. From this point, Cranberry River will be on the left and out of view. So me and my friends did this hike as a three day venture in the last weekend of October. I got started later in the day than I wanted, and had to hurry a little the first day. RV Park. Keep some gas in the tank for the end, and have those trekking poles! A valid West Virginia State Fishing License is required, along with a National Forest stamp, a Conservation stamp, and a trout stamp. The second day, from the river crossing to the finish, took just under 4. Cranberry Wilderness. 102. (2) The blue-blazed Kennison Mountain Trail is pretty well maintained. Thanks. Turn left on the Kennison Mountain Trail, and in 0.4 miles arrive back at the parking area. Crossing the river usually puts you in firewood heaven. From my fading Memory going upstream the shelters are (1) Queer Branch 2 miles (2) Pheasant Hollow 5 miles (3) Dogway 7 miles (4) HouseLog 9 miles (5) Tumbling Rock 10 miles (6) Forks Shelter 12 miles But hiking through the old-growth forest (where tall trees grow straight out of giant boulders!) I have a couple questions: 1. If you’ve never experienced a mule up close and personal, it’s time for you to meet our long eared partners we’ve come to trust and adore. The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. It also seemed a bit more solitary than I expected: I only saw three people, and they were all on the service road as I hiked out Saturday. The South Fork rises on Cranberry Mountain just west of the Highland Scenic Highway, and flows 9 miles including going through the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area before meeting the North Fork which originates on Black Mountain. Trekking poles make all this (declines, inclines, and the crossing) simpler. Beware that it is a hike through the WOODS. Contact the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center to inquire about scheduled tours or to schedule a special tour. With our teams of hardworking, lovable mules we haul you and your supplies along the beautiful Cranberry River to pristine riverside campsites. How do I put it? Elevations range from 2,400 to over 4,600 feet. We made the mistake of going straight. Address: One mile east of Richwood on Rt 39/55 as some of you may recall, my friends and I take a winter backpacking trip every January. Turn right, staying on the Kennison Mount Trail, and in 3.7 miles cross Forestry Road (FR) 738A. Cranberry Adventures932 North Fork Cherry Rd.Richwood,WVEmail: cranberryadventures@gmail.com, ©document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) Cranberry Adventures. The gravel road is 16 miles long and winds along the Cranberry River. Continue along the blue blazed Kennison Mountain Trail another 1.0 miles where the the trail crosses FR 738B. Cranberry River is a stream located just 3 miles from Craigsville, in Nicholas County, in the state of West Virginia, United States, near Woodbine, WV. Take North Fork Trail #272 as it gradually drops down to the Cranberry River. In the Cranberry Backcountry, this 18.9 mile circuit hike traverses a ridge of old growth forest, and follows the banks of Cranberry River. Hey folks, me and a couple buddies are biking into Dogway from Rt. (1) Trekking poles really came in handy on this trip. I spotted a couple trout in Cranberry River, although I wasn't fishing. Ford Cranberry River, then head 100 yards upstream to the first of many superb campsites. All in all a nice hike as long as you're not wanting the more scenic / well trodden paths typical of the AT. Zillow has 77 homes for sale in Cranberry Prosperity. Thanks for bringing us to this area. Whitewater Paddling . That passion grew, and for over 15 years we and our mules have been sharing it with people just like you. Thanks for the info, gents. Cranberry River. The only things I would note from the first day is that when you come up to the first blue blazes that have an arrow on them pointing right, they are pointing right. hard (32) Length: 20.6 mi • Est. Greenbrier River Campground. It is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, West Virginia. Cranberry Adventures and Outfitters is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For this time of year the forest road had several people riding bikes (to reach their fishing spots) and a few other hikers. 102 bridge at the South Fork Shelter. : Information Center: Additional information is available during the summer months at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at (304)653-4826 and during the winter months at the Gauley Ranger District at (304)846-2695. We'll be back to stay longer and try fishing more. I hiked it in 2 days, following the suggestions provided, only I did day 1 in 5hrs and day 2 in 4hrs. These guys are our veterans. This was the least technical/rocky trail I've hiked in the region. The fall foliage was a couple of weeks past its peak, so I feel like the description is pretty accurate for the beginning of the month to be an ideal time to see fall colors. The Forest Service maintains seven camping shelters along the Cranberry River and about 75 … From this point, Cranberry River will be on the left and out of view. I made a run into West Virginia a few weeks ago and, after reviewing the options listed in the Flyfisher’s Guide to Virginia, I was fascinated by the opportunity presented by the Cranberry River.One of the things the author recommended was to use a bike to move quickly down the smooth, improved road that parallels the river. (3) I've never done a hike that required fording a river. Cranberry River, West Virginia fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. Current fly fishing conditions are not going to be good today. (Plus, I hate the thought of my dumb sandals still be out there somewhere. Activities: Backpacking, Camping (Cranberry Campground), Camping (Big Rock Campground), Hiking, Sight Seeing (waterfall, overlooks), Swimming Holes,,Mountain Biking, Whitewater. Parking a second vehicle at the Cranberry campground. The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The trail will head uphill for another 0.4 miles before passing around the summit of Kennison Mountain. It is a part of the Mississippi River watershed, by way of the Gauley, Kanawha, and Ohio Rivers, draining an area of 74 square miles (192 km2). Had 2 hour wait after waking up that in a down poor. Areas directly around the shelters have been picked clean. The Cottage of Richwood-Comfortable Lovely, private, completely restored Turn of the Century 1 bed Cottage! After the confluence, the Cranberry River flows 24 miles generally westward to join the Gauley River … (5) I did this hike solo. A small town local who decided a team of mules and a wagon would make the fishing trips he and his friends took into the Cranberry backcountry a little more comfortable and a lot more entertaining. There is a camping shelter just south of the intersection of the river. I went along with four friends to complete this hike. Top notch trout fishing also available in season (Google "cranberry river trout fishing"). Direct access to Monogahela National Forest. We elected to make this a shuttle hike, taking out the steep portion at the end by leaving a car at the gate along the river. Leave no trace, right?) There’s nothing on this trail they haven’t seen, and no one they can’t impress. English ... Dogway Shelter Dedication - Cranberry 2019 — with Alec Brown and 18 others. The Cranberry Wilderness does have an abundant black bear population, so unless you intend to share your grub with some very big, furry omnivores, be sure to store all food in a bear resistant container suspended 10 … Cranberry Wilderness (47,815 acres) and Cranberry Backcountry (14,000 acres) make up one of the largest backpacking areas east of the Mississippi River. July 30, 2019 The second shelter built in memory of Dylan has been completed and was celebrated by so many of us who love him this weekend. We stopped at the Cranberry Glades after a trip to WV to see the fall colors and hunt for berries - but we were a tad too early. Once the mules taught Rick what it took to be a real mule skinner, things really started to roll. The resulting hike was perfect. The gravel road is 16 miles long and winds along the Cranberry River. If this site is taken, it's only a short walk to the shelter and next camp site. While every critter can get a stubborn streak now and then, mules are actually hard working, affectionate, personable and downright loveable. For a ridgetop hike, there were many deep muddy spots that had to be navigated around. Head upstream on the non-blazed Cranberry River service road passing the Birchlog Trail, Tumbling Rock Four of us did this hike in a single day (approx. Sure, the climbs go on for a while, especially the tail end of the second day, but the miles ticked by much faster than a trail like Ramsey's Draft. You can camp anywhere within the Monongahela National Forrest if you don't want to stay in the campground. Cranberry River. They may be our rookies, but these two already pull like seasoned pros. The Kennison trail makes a very steep descent in the last 0.5 miles before reaching Cranberry River. Monongahela National Within the Cranberry River exists a steep, 6-mile section of rapids perfect for the intermediate or advanced whitewater paddler hankering for a ridiculously fun challenge. 9 h 59 m. North-South Loop Trail. Cranberry River. 45 minutes from Snowshoe, WV, Cranberry Glades, the Greenbrier Trail, the Williams River, Hot Springs, VA., and many more attractions. Pocahontas CountySouth Fork of Cranberry River. This is no easy hike, there are a lot of stretches of uphill climbs. In another 2.1 miles, the service road arrives at the intersection of the Cow Pasture Trail on the left, and South Prong Trail on the right. This is a low 4, almost a 3. 'West Virginia, Courtesy of National Park Service' East Coast hikers in search of wild country don’t need to get on a plane: Trails in West Virginia’s 35,864-acre Cranberry Wilderness are unsigned and unmarked, the streams don’t have bridges, and the canopy is so dense that cell phones are dead weight. The downgrades can be muddy, the final 2 miles (when you regain all the ground you lost coming down to the river) can be very steep, and as for the river crossing--well, anyone who can make it across without poles without slipping probably has a future in Circus de Soleil or something. Fly Fishing The Cranberry River West Virginia This river was a fine wild trout stream at one time that was ruined by acid several years ago but thanks to Trout Unlimited, this forty-one mile long stream has come back as a very fine trout stream within the past few years. We know you’ve heard the saying “stubborn as a mule”. Head upstream on the non-blazed Cranberry River service road passing the Birchlog Trail, Tumbling Rock Trail and Shelter, North Fork Shelter (stay right where the North Fork Trail splits left), and South Fork Shelter where Cranberry River passes under the service road. 1st day went about 6 miles through pine trees and ruff rocky footed terrain. 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