3 miles
-1,175 ft
2,415 ft
High Point

Little Laurel Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    New River Gorge Trails
    Fayetteville, West Virginia
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    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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This strenuous trail connects Grandview with the New River 1,400 feet below. The trail follows an old road for two miles as it descends to the river, passing by the site of an old coal mine at Royal. The road descends steeply in some places with a total elevation change of around 1400 feet. This change in elevation provides an opportunity to view a great diversity of spring wildflowers.

Access Info

The Little Laurel Trail begins at the parking area for shelter #3 and #4. The lower trailhead is on the Glade Creek Road. From Beckley follow Route 41 towards Prince. Just before the bridge that crosses the New River is a gravel road on the right that leads past the trailhead. Follow the signs toward Glade Creek (Royal Road). The trailhead (an unmarked gated, gravel road) is just ΒΌ mile down this road on the right near the scattered foundations of the coal town of Royal. Please do not block the gate; the road is still used by park staff as an administrative road.

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More Stats for Little Laurel Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,175 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,239 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,415 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,239 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance down
    3 miles
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