Laurel Fork Area

Monterey, Virginia

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Laurel Fork once ranked as a top site in Virginia for wilderness protection, but strong opposition from inholders—families who own private property inside national forest boundaries—beat this proposal back. The desire to keep this place forever wild is understandable. There’s a whiff of spruce in the air. Songbirds trill and peep in the bushes. Pine needles pile thick on the forest floor. Streams wriggle around and over the deadfall and boulders strewn in their path by storms and hurricanes. Native trout swim the Laurel Fork. It has been a long seventy years since loggers cleared the red spruce and fir trees. Nature has reclaimed Laurel Fork fully, and for this, we’re all better off.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Laurel Fork once ranked as a top site in Virginia for wilderness protection, but strong opposition from inholders—families who own private property inside national forest boundaries—beat this proposal back. The desire to keep this place forever wild is understandable.

There’s a whiff of spruce in the air. Songbirds trill and peep in the bushes. Pine needles pile thick on the forest floor. Streams wriggle around and over the deadfall and boulders strewn in their path by storms and hurricanes. Native trout swim the Laurel Fork. It has been a long seventy years since loggers cleared the red spruce and fir trees. Nature has reclaimed Laurel Fork fully, and for this, we’re all better off.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Monterey
Distance: 11.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year round; deer season runs from November through early January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Warm Springs Ranger District, Hot Springs (540) 839-2521 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Maps: USGS Thornwood, Snowy Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Fork Area

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