Located along the Laurel Fork River between Laurel Fork North and South Wilderness areas, this primitive campground offers visitors a nice camping opportunity in the Middle Mountain area on the site of an old Civilian Conservation Corps location.
Day hiking and backpacking opportunities are available leaving from this campground as well through the Laurel Fork North and South Wilderness.
Very remote. Two small circles of sites the only amenity is pit toilets. The stream is stocked with trout in the spring and fall. My wife and I spent our honeymoon here 25 years ago and plan to return there this fall. Our son was married here in the stream in waders and we all went fishing after the ceremony. Lots of memories here. Maybe you can make some too!
Laurel fork campground is a nice place to go if you are looking to get away from the busy life. It’s not a very large camp ground or heavily populated. Finding a spot shouldn’t be a problem. You are just a short drive from spruce knob lake and the sinks of gandy.
Just getting to Laurel Fork Campground is a backwoods, seemingly endless gravel road journey. So something tells you…this is gonna be a good spot. Its out there…I mean, really out there. If you accept the challenge, prepare to be rewarded. It is called the Laurel Fork Wilderness area…and that it is.
Upon arrival, you realize its special…there aren't many sites…count 'em 14. This is part of the CCC effort of a bygone era. It's quiet…almost too quiet. Let's see…electric…none. Showers…none. Running water…none (well, not counting the river). Sewer hook-up…none. But that's the beauty, right?! There are two pit latrines (bring your own TP…as every camper knows). http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/null/recarea/?recid=6993&actid=51
Bring your filtration and you'll be just fine. You will enjoy solitude…whether its in the campground or on the trail. Depending on the time of year you decide to make this memorable journey…bring plenty of repellent. The trails are along the river and have thick undergrowth…a haven for skeeters. Plan accordingly, you will not have any wifi or phone service (as we found in most of WV)…which was a blessing…love the unplugged freedom!
Important to check the website for any alerts or warnings. Sometimes this area floods. In fact, parts of the 18.5 miles of trail can be impassable at times.