It doesn’t matter where you’re from…. is truly magical in parts, and well worth it. Beware that it is a hike through the WOODS. Ford Cranberry River, then head 100 yards upstream to the first of many superb campsites. South Fork of Cranberry River. 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! There’s nothing on this trail they haven’t seen, and no one they can’t impress. We hiked a portion of this hike along the Cranberry River. 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 km 2 ). (3) I didn't read this in any other review but most of the trail on day 2 is very easy. Areas directly around the shelters have been picked clean. We camped about 1/2 mile above the drop, only cause it was near dark and that drop off was wet. (1) Trekking poles really came in handy on this trip. 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 area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry … The second day, from the river crossing to the finish, took just under 4. The beauty of the river was just stunning. Hey folks, me and a couple buddies are biking into Dogway from Rt. Trekking poles make all this (declines, inclines, and the crossing) simpler. You can camp anywhere within the Monongahela National Forrest if you don't want to stay in the campground. Head upstream on the non-blazed Cranberry River service road passing the Birchlog Trail, Tumbling Rock What made the trip great was the more than usaul wildlife I got to see along the trail. This was the least technical/rocky trail I've hiked in the region. 9 hours) - it was a lovely hike, not too strenuous elevation-wise, just a lot of distance. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. The trail will head uphill for another 0.4 miles before passing around the summit of Kennison Mountain. For this time of year the forest road had several people riding bikes (to reach their fishing spots) and a few other hikers. (I give this data and experience as a point of reference.) If you want solitude and great opportunities to spot wildlife, the Cranberry wilderness is hard to beat - but being in the Appalachian plateau vistas are generally less grand, but more local. Call your local ninja because you will need them. (AKA – the Good Help). From what I can find online, there are no shelters along Dogway, only shelters are on Cranberry section. "), but the trail is always so evident that the blazes are almost redundant. 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. 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. Cranberry River, West Virginia fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. How do I put it? 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. Follow the trail west as it winds along paralleling the river to its end on Cranberry Road. The cabin sits on 10 acres which are mostly horse-friendly pastures and two spring-fed ponds and a stream. Sports & Recreation. The Cranberry River is a tributary of the Gauley River located in southeastern West Virginia in the United States. Thick undergrowth along most of the trail caused me to be especially wary of snakes also, but I only saw one the entire trip. Use decent footwear to cross. These guys are our veterans. After the confluence, the Cranberry River flows 24 miles generally westward to join the Gauley River … Stream. We hiked a total of 10 miles, 5 on Friday and 5 on Saturday. Whether you’re spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. If you have any experience with the shelters along the cranberry river, PLEASE send me a private message asap!! Continue along the blue blazed Kennison Mountain Trail another 1.0 miles where the the trail crosses FR 738B. In 1.0 miles the trail will make a switchback to the right, then turn back to the left, and becoming steeper for the remaining 0.8 miles to the ridge, and junction of the Kennison Mountain Trail. We'll be back to stay longer and try fishing more. If you are going for views and scenery, I would find a different hike. Also, the second half of the loop follows the river for a few miles and has many little streams you could use. Cranberry Adventures932 North Fork Cherry Rd.Richwood,WVEmail: cranberryadventures@gmail.com, ©document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) Cranberry Adventures. The Forest Service maintains seven camping shelters along the Cranberry River and about 75 miles of hiking trails throughout the back country. From the parking area start up the blue blazed Kennison Mountain Trail, and in 0.4 miles arrive at the intersection of the South Fork Trail. Current fly fishing conditions are not going to be good today. 39 or on up the Forrest Road 232? Overall, this was a wonderful hike and a fun challenge, I highly recommend it! Keep some gas in the tank for the end, and have those trekking poles! The single water crossing is not difficult. Pocahontas CountySouth Fork of Cranberry River. Cranberry Adventures. It is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, West Virginia. Whether you’re spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. Turn right onto FR76 (Black on the map). Cranberry Wilderness. 11 h 1 m. Cranberry Backcountry Via Kennison Mountain Trail. (I'm assuming they're referring to other routes.) The gravel road is 16 miles long and winds along the Cranberry River. The resulting hike was perfect. Stocked from the mouth upstream 2.8 miles to U.S. Forest Service Rt. In the spring, kayaks run the section from the Cranberry campground to the river’s mouth. Leave no trace, right?) Just finished this hike today. This is a low 4, almost a 3. Note that you'll only need to ford ONCE, not three times like I've read on other sites. Organized into two … Thanks. This is no easy hike, there are a lot of stretches of uphill climbs. First, the difficulty rating of 5 is inaccurate. Located on Forest Road 76, 13.5 miles from Richwood, West Virginia, and 7 miles from Dyer, West Virginia. This area is the most scenic in the fall. 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 … RV Park. I took my 12 year old son and we did an over night staying at the Lost Run camp site. Meadow River Campground. 1st day went about 6 miles through pine trees and ruff rocky footed terrain. We almost named this little but mighty team Piss and Vinegar because they don’t mess around; if you’ve got someplace to be, these guys are going to get you there. Carolyn Symes added 105 new photos to the album: Dogway Shelter Dedication - Cranberry 2019 — with Alec Brown and 18 others. The Elk is certainly on my list, but for this trip I would rather get out into the woods a bit more, so we're planning to stick to the Cranberry. The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. 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. I went along with four friends to complete this hike. Rick soon became known as the “Mule Man of the Cranberry”, and it wasn’t long before people were asking if they could experience the Cranberry from the back of his wagon. Turn right uphill on the blue blazed South Prong Trail as it climbs towards the Kennison Mountain Ridge. Follow the trail west as it winds along paralleling the river to its end on Cranberry Road. Thanks for bringing us to this area. I made it to the river in under 3.5 hours. View of Route, View all 12 archived reviews for the Cranberry River hike, 2 Days: 6.0hrs-9.0mls Day1, 6.5hrs-9.9mls Day2. (2) I had called the rangers station prior and was told to pack in all my water "to be safe" but man did I regret that. You can camp anywhere within the Monongahela National Forrest if you don't want to stay in the campground. The uphill at the start of the Kennison Mountain Trail was enough to get warmed up. In the Cranberry Backcountry, this 18.9 mile circuit hike traverses a ridge of old growth forest, and follows the banks of Cranberry River. 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. 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. Direct access to Monogahela National Forest. Crossing the river usually puts you in firewood heaven. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing and hunting licensing requirements. The first day we hiked from the parking area to the first campsite along the river. 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. Out here you’re part of the family. Once the mules taught Rick what it took to be a real mule skinner, things really started to roll. 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. For Rick, this started off being about family and friends, and 15 years hasn’t changed a thing. 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. The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. There are several nice looking trails that we plan to come back and try out. 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. Parking a second vehicle at the Cranberry campground. The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. A few things that I read in the reviews and used in my own adventure were as follows: (1) trekking poles are a must. 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. 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 You could take things a little slower, allow time for a meal or two, and still complete this as a day hike. Cranberry Adventures and Outfitters is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Activities: Backpacking, Camping (Cranberry Campground), Camping (Big Rock Campground), Hiking, Sight Seeing (waterfall, overlooks), Swimming Holes,,Mountain Biking, Whitewater. U.S. Forest Service & Department of Agriculture Cranberry Wilderness Brochure (pdf), U.S. Forest Service & Department of Agriculture Cranberry Wilderness Trail Map (pdf), U.S. Forest Service & Department of Agriculture Cranberry Wilderness Info, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Cuddle Up & Be Cozy! Just got back from doing this hike and thought I would leave a few comments. It is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, West Virginia. Zillow has 77 homes for sale in Cranberry Prosperity. Is the gate directly on Rt. 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). (Plus, I hate the thought of my dumb sandals still be out there somewhere. 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. We didn't go off of the forest road due to the time of the year but will def come back in the fall. That route is less monotonous, has a few views, a nice waterfall and a great camp at Beechy run/Williams river confluence. We made the mistake of going straight. It makes a loop and passes by three shelters along the Cranberry River where you can spend the night. I have a couple questions: 1. 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. 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. Even if it hadn't rained I still feel poles would be very helpful. From this point, Cranberry River will be on the left and out of view. Owner and founder of Cranberry Adventures, Rick has never met a stranger and is always there to help! I had to go slow the last mile down to the river but it was manageable with my poles. (4) Monitor the rainfall in the area for a day or two before hiking this trail (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?03187500). (2) The blue-blazed Kennison Mountain Trail is pretty well maintained. They may be our rookies, but these two already pull like seasoned pros. If you're looking for vistas, this isn't your hike, as there really aren't any. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout here. The river has also been known historically as Cranberry Creek. It is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, West Virginia. 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