Laurel Fork North and South Wilderness


Laurel Fork North is 6055 acres in size, and has 9.5 miles of trails within the wilderness boundary. Laurel Fork South is 5,997 acres and has 9 miles of trails within its boundary. This area is not heavily used, so solitude is likely. The 10 mile Laurel Fork River Trail is the primary hiking trail with other trails giving access from the ridge down to the river. The Laurel Fork river hike is relatively flat and provides a different experience compared to most WV wilderness riverside hikes. No loops exist unless you use the road. Trail Map (pdf) Brochure (pdf)


The Laurel Fork Wildernesses are located southeast of Elkins, WV.
(See Google Maps below for specific directions.)


Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming Holes, Fishing, Camping


Greenbrier Ranger District. Box 67, Bartow, WV 24920. On Rt 92/250 just east of Bartow


304-456-3335 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

Web resources:

Laurel Fork Wilderness- Mon. National Forest page


Brochure, Books:

  • “Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide”
  • “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”
  • “West Virginia Hiking Trails”

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