Laurel Gap Trail

At A Glance


7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 7
Steepness: Few Hills
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Trail Number: 184


This is a long, late 80's era logging road (FS 5548) that traverses the forest roughly parallel to (but a higher elevation than) FS 74, the main road through Big Ivy. As much of the area was logged after this was constructed, the forest along this route is generally young, providing some good views both up and down the mountainside in places although the trees are beginning to close in over the road again in places. The trail is overgrown in places though a discernible path exists along at least the southern half.

Sticks between the 4000 and 4800 ft contours making for a gentle grade along the length overall. The forest is at the transition zone between the mid-elevation and high-elevation northern hardwood zones for the most part with elements of each. It's not terribly healthy in places.

The road comes to within just a short distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway at its closest point near the Glassmine Falls overlook so you may hear traffic noise at times when the Parkway is open.

Aside from just being a long walk through a pleasant forest, this trail intersects four other trails providing loop options in the Big Ivy area.

Intersecting Trails

  • Bear Pen
  • Little Andy
  • Perkins
  • Upper Corner Rock
  • This trail is located in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Laurel Gap - Start to Bear Pen

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.6 mi

    Laurel Gap - Perkins to Little Andy

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.43 mi

    Laurel Gap - Bear Pen to Perkins

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.02 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 7.04 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



    Average Rating: 3.0 (rated 11 times)

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    Bob said: Again, very overgrown with no maintenance first week of July 2017. Unfortunate as it the connector for several stem trails up from Big Ivy Rd. BUT, stunning amount and diversity of wildflowers!!

    Saturday, July 8 2017 6:35pm

    Rockhound said: Super overgrown. Slow trail. Riding on grass. Lots of stinging nettles!! These conditions as of August 2016. Needs maintenance.

    Monday, August 15 2016 2:42am
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