Laurel Fork Area

Monterey, Virginia 24465

Laurel Fork Area

Laurel Fork Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Monterey
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Dirt footpaths and old forest roads
Terrain
Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Open year round. Hunting is permitted in national forests, with deer season running from Nov through early Jan.
Season
Hunting
Additional Use
Warm Springs Ranger District, Hot Springs (540) 839-2521 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 64 (inset), A1
Local Maps

Trail Log