Laurel Fork

Monterey, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 30 miles north of Monterey, Virginia. Scenery includes towering mountain laurel, snowshoe hare, northern flying squirrels, and assorted flora and fauna generally found in more northern chimes. Riding this loop on a combination of single-track, hard-packed Forest Service roads, and creek bed should not be taken as a casual experience. This is definitely a fair-weather ride for those who are in very good shape and feel comfortable being disoriented at times in a remote semi-wilderness area. Laurel Fork is a 9,900-acre special management area because of its unique flora and fauna, much of which Virginians can see only in this corner of the state. There are more than 28 miles of trails, many of which were used by trams in the early 1900s to remove native spruce, hemlock, and other indigenous hardwoods. Because of Laurel Fork's unique qualities and the distance from much of Virginia, it makes sense to spend some extra time exploring.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 30 miles north of Monterey, Virginia. Scenery includes towering mountain laurel, snowshoe hare, northern flying squirrels, and assorted flora and fauna generally found in more northern chimes. Riding this loop on a combination of single-track, hard-packed Forest Service roads, and creek bed should not be taken as a casual experience.

This is definitely a fair-weather ride for those who are in very good shape and feel comfortable being disoriented at times in a remote semi-wilderness area. Laurel Fork is a 9,900-acre special management area because of its unique flora and fauna, much of which Virginians can see only in this corner of the state. There are more than 28 miles of trails, many of which were used by trams in the early 1900s to remove native spruce, hemlock, and other indigenous hardwoods. Because of Laurel Fork's unique qualities and the distance from much of Virginia, it makes sense to spend some extra time exploring.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Monterey
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Late spring through early fall is best. Use caution during hunting seasons.
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Warm Springs Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-839-2521
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the Warm Springs Ranger District; USGS Thornwood and Snowy Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Fork

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Apr 2018