Lewis Fork Wilderness

Located in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.

The 5,700-acre Lewis Fork Wilderness Area is located on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Ranger District.

Lewis Fork is one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the Southeast. Those wanting solitude should use the area on weekdays or during low-use seasons. The following trails are heavily used and should be avoided if you desire solitude: Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers Trail, Virginia Highlands Trail, and the Mount Rogers Spur Trail.

The trails offering the most solitude are: Grassy Branch, Helton Creek, and Sugar Maple.

All trails are open to foot and horse travel except the following foot-only trails: Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers Trail, Mount Rogers Spur Trail, Cliffside Trail, Pine Mountain Trail, and Lewis Fork Spur Trail.

Groups are limited to 10 people in the wilderness area.

For more information contact: The Jefferson National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 24 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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