Laurel Prong Trail
ElevationAscent: 900' 274 m
Descent: -31' -9 m
High: 3,529' 1,076 m
Low: 2,656' 810 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A pleasant trail through open woods with a few creek crossings and chances to spot hidden relics.”— Larry W. Brown
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.