The United States Congress designated the Shawvers Run Wilderness (map
) in 1988 and it now has a total of 5,784 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Virginia
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Shawvers Run Wilderness is an area of rugged and remote mountain terrain on the northwestern slope of Potts Mountain, just over the hill from Barbours Creek Wilderness. Elevations range from 2,000 feet on Shawvers Run (stream) in the north to 3,800 feet on the top of Hanging Rock, in the south. The wilderness is comprised of hardwood forest interspersed with yellow pine, and white pine growing in some of the drainages. The headwaters of Valley Branch contain native brook trout, as does Shawvers Run. There is little trail access to Shawvers Run Wilderness: 0.7 miles of trail to Hanging Rock overlook. Information is available on National Geographic-Trails Illustrated Map # 788 (Covington-Alleghany Highlands). Shawvers Run Wilderness is located in Craig County in southwest Virginia. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Eastern Divide Ranger District of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.