Little Laurel Trail Details
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.
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 ¼ 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 min1,239 ft
Altitude start2,415 ft
Altitude end1,239 ft
Distance down3 miles
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- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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