North Fork Trail - Cottonwood Lake Group Campground
Length: 9 to 10 miles
Trail Surface: Dirt Trail, Rough, Rocky
Scenery: Forest, Wildlife, Wildflowers, Mountains
Directions: From the Town of Afton, Wyoming, head south on United States Highway 89 for approximately 8.3 miles, then make left turn on Cottonwood Creek Road/County Road 153. Shortly after the Cottonwood Creek Road enters the Bridger-Teton National Forest and turns into Forest Service Road 10208 (FS-10208). Follow FS-10308 for about 6 miles, and then turn left onto FS-10425. Access to Trail Fork Motorized Trailhead is located at the end of FS-10425 after a 0.01 mile drive.
Trail is rated moderate due to its length. The road to the North Fork trailhead can be rough (potholes). Plan on taking the drive slow. The trailhead is located at the back of Cottonwood Lake Campground’s westernmost spur. There is parking at the trail head for vehicles and trailers. Once you reach the trail there are two separate forks (one for hikers and the other for off-road vehicles). This trail is great for viewing wildlife and forested mountains. Activities to take advantage of nearby include horseback riding, kayaking, fly fishing, ORV, and canoeing.
Estimated hiking time: Day hike
Facilities: Vault Toilet
Configuration: Out and back
Exposure: Moderate Shade
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Access Fees: Using trail is free / camping is $35 per night
Gear to Take: Sunscreen, hat, bug spray, backpack, snacks, water.
Covid19 Requirements: As long as government regulations permit, the public trail system is still open for use. Masks should be used in areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Extra care should be taken when using public facilities, including (but not limited to) bathrooms, public handrails, picnic areas, etc. The use of sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer is encouraged.