Hiking The Laurel Fork Trail

The 22nd most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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North of Wise near Pound in the Jefferson National Forest, the Laurel Fork Trail is a 20 mile hiking route along an old railroad grade that crosses Laurel Fork Creek several times.

To reach the hiking trailhead, follow US23 to Pound. Turn west on SR630 and follow to Pound Launch Ramp. The trail begins near the parking lot and follows the lake shore and stream before crossing a steep ridge. The trail ends at Laurel Fork Primitive Campsite

Overall, Laurel Fork Trail is the 22nd most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Laurel Fork Trail including Seven Sisters Trail, Devils Fork Loop Trail, Trails Of Dismal, Crawfish/Channel Rock Trails and Tract Fork Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Jefferson National Forest (703) 228-5551; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

GPS:  37.12428, -82.63556

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  14648


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