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Laurel Prong Trail

Intermediate
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A pleasant trail through open woods with a few creek crossings and chances to spot hidden relics.


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2.3

Miles

3.8

KM

84%

Runnable

3,529' 1,076 m

High

2,656' 810 m

Low

900' 274 m

Up

31' 9 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

To get to the start of the blue-blazed Laurel Prong Trail use the Booters Gap parking area. Turn left and head north on the white-blazed AT. After around a half mile, look for the blue blazes of the Laurel Prong Trail on the right.

Along the trail, there will be several stream crossings. There is not much water, typically, in Laurel Prong, but the crossings can still be rocky and muddy.

Along the trail, look for evidence of the previous inhabitants of this area such as a rock pile and what remains of a rock wall. The trail heads downhill, and after about a mile, comes to Laurel Gap. Cat Knob Trail continues to the south and east. Turn left, heading north to stay on this trail through open woods covered in ferns.

The trail ends at its junction with the Fork Mtn Horse Trail.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

Flora & Fauna

If the rhododendrons are in bloom, you'll see them off to left from several points along the trail.

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Shared By:

Larry W. Brown

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