Laurel Fork Wilderness


The Laurel Fork of the Cheat River is characterized by its narrow valley floor with regularly dissected slopes and long narrow ridges. The continuous forest cover of primarily Beech, Maple, Birch, and Cherry is occasionally broken up by beautiful meadows along the river. Within the combined 11,839 acre Wilderness Area the elevations range from 2,900 feet to over 3,700 feet.

For more information, see Laurel Fork Wilderness Brochure and Map.

At a Glance

  • Groups over 10 persons are prohibited in the Wilderness.
  • Mountain bikes and mechanical devices such as carts are not allowed on Wilderness trails.
  • Removal of plants, stone or moss is prohibited.
  • Pets must be under your control at all times.
  • Motor vehicles are restricted to roads and parking areas.
  • Stock is not permitted in the Laurel Fork Campground
Information Center: For more information contact the Greenbrier Ranger District, Box 67, Bartow, WV 24920 (304) 456-3335 ext. 0

General Information


The Laurel Fork North and South Wildernesses are accessible from the north via U.S. Route 33 east from Elkins or west from Harman to the top of Middle Mountain. Take Forest Road 14 south. This road is the western boundary of both Wildernesses.  From the south, take WV 28 east from Bartow to FR 14, and follow Forest Road 14
to the Wilderness area.

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