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.