From Fortney Branch, the trail briefly winds along the side of the Fortney Branch drainage before sharply ascending up a loose shale ridge to reach an old logging road. The trail is moderately steep, gaining 1000 feet to the intersection with the end of FDR 192. Another 400 feet are gained as the trail skirts the highest peaks of the northeast end of Oliver Mountain. On winter days the view is impressive. The surrounding mountains and valleys are a beautiful backdrop with views north and south. Lake Moomaw is visible from points along the upper portion of the trail.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
The Oliver Mountain Trail, in northwestern Alleghany County, connects the southern end of Lake Moomaw at the Fortney Branch Boat Launch with the northeastern end of Oliver Mountain. The western half of this trail has been removed from the official trail system, as it traversed through private land with no legal right-of-way.
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