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.

Laurel Fork Wilderness has 18.5 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Several possible loop hikes can made by combining trails. Fords of streams may be a problem to cross during high water events. There may be additional small stream crossings depending on water levels.

Additional Resources

Laurel Fork Wilderness Brochure

Laurel Fork Wilderness 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
Closest Towns: Elkins, WV
Water: Purify all water or bring your own.
Information Center: Greenbrier Ranger Station

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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