Laurel River Trail South

Elkins, West Virginia

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A prime backpack area with loops of any size when the trail system is combined with the Middle Mountain Road. The Laurel Fork South is the southern half of the Laurel Fork Wilderness Complex. Middle Mountain forms the western boundary of the wilderness, while Rich Mountain forms the eastern boundary. Between these two high ridges runs the fast flowing Laurel Fork. This clear running river is the centerpiece of this masterpiece of nature. Hardworking beavers have altered the upper portion of the river basin significantly. Tall grasses thrive in the former backwaters of their old dams. Special attractions: A beautiful hike along the fast-flowing Laurel Fork River, beaver dams, and wide-open glades.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

A prime backpack area with loops of any size when the trail system is combined with the Middle Mountain Road. The Laurel Fork South is the southern half of the Laurel Fork Wilderness Complex. Middle Mountain forms the western boundary of the wilderness, while Rich Mountain forms the eastern boundary. Between these two high ridges runs the fast flowing Laurel Fork.

This clear running river is the centerpiece of this masterpiece of nature. Hardworking beavers have altered the upper portion of the river basin significantly. Tall grasses thrive in the former backwaters of their old dams. Special attractions: A beautiful hike along the fast-flowing Laurel Fork River, beaver dams, and wide-open glades.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkins
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,750 feet
Local Contacts: Laurel Fork Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Sinks of Gandy
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel River Trail South

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