The Historic Smoke Holes
Beginning millions of years ago, Smoke Holes made itself a legend. Deep gorges were formed by roaring rivers, giving us twenty beautiful miles of a deeply carved canyon. Smoke Holes seemingly got its name from those who claim that the Seneca Indians used its caves for smoking meat. Others believe its name derived from the smoke of moonshine stills located in the area.
The Smokehole canyon is loaded with its own rich history of times past when moonshine whiskey was distilled in these mountain hollows as a means to make a living. These were times of hard living when survival skills were a necessary part of life. Hunting, fishing trapping and logging were very much a part of the life in these hollows. During the Civil War many a man hid in these mountains to escape the confederate raids. Smokehole men were labeled as tough hardened men who were able to live in an area where the mountain terrain was steep and rocky and difficult to farm. Smokehole used to be a booming town at one time with logging camps and mills and even a Hattery. Nonetheless, Smoke Holes is a perfect place for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, photography, sightseeing and picnicking.
Come see the mist in this rugged National Forest area.
THE REDMAN TRAIL
- Smoke Hole Caverns
- Seneca Rocks
- Seneca Caverns
- Dolly Sods
- Canaan Valley
- Blackwater Falls
- Spruce Knob
- Potomac Eagle Scenic RR
- Many historic and Civil War sites
Bring your horse with you to North Mountain and ride the Redman Trail along with the many other trails that surround our area. The Redman Trail is within 1000 feet of North Mountain Vacation Rentals. This is also an excellent hiking area. So take the challenge, you won't be disappointed at the spectacular view!
For the fisherman, the nearby South Branch of the Potomac has excellent smallmouth bass and trout fishing.
There is 7 miles of catch and release fishing along with an area that is only accessible by foot travel or canoe on the South Branch.
North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac
South Branch of the Potomac