Laurel River Trail South - Laurel Fork South Wilderness

Elkins, West Virginia 26241

Laurel River Trail South - Laurel Fork South Wilderness

Laurel River Trail South - Laurel Fork South Wilderness Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Fall asleep to the sound of the babbling Laurel Fork of the Cheat River and awaken to so many stellar day-hiking opportunities, you’ll barely know where to begin. For starters, try this: The 7.5-mile Laurel River Trail South parallels the clear-running Laurel Fork through dense forest and open meadows.

Eventually hike away from the river valley up a side stream and then to the mountaintop. You can tackle this as a one-way day hike with a shuttle or an out-and-back in a day or two since the Laurel Fork Wilderness provides practically endless backpacking options as well."

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Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This out-and-back hike deserves two trips. The trailside hardwood forests, often carpeted in a fern understory, are outstanding. These superlative woodlands are punctuated by numerous meadows, and through it all ?ows Laurel Fork, a mountain trout stream worthy of federal wilderness designation. Your hike takes the sometimes-faint Laurel River Trail upstream into a solitude-laden valley. Hike to the con?uence of Laurel Fork and Camp Five Run, where a mix of meadows, deep spruce woods, and melding waterways create an ideal repose destination."

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Trail Information

Elkins
Nearby City
7.5
Distance
Point-to-Point
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter. Best spring through fall.
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Greenbrier Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest, (304) 456-3335 or www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Local Contacts
Monongahela National Forest Laurel Fork Wilderness map; USGS quad: Sinks of Gandy
Local Maps

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