The United States Congress designated the Peters Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 4,521 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Virginia
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Peters Mountain Wilderness, lying on the east slope of Peters Mountain, ranges in elevation from 3,956 feet on the mountaintop to a low of 2,300 on the southern border along Big Stony Creek. The vegetation is primarily upland oak with yellow poplar, red oak, and hickory. There are numerous sandstone outcroppings along the crest of the mountain and a number of high mountain bogs on Pine Swamp Ridge. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T., FT #1) travels about 1.5 miles from north to south near the middle of the area. Trail information is available on National Geographic-Trails Illustrated Map #787 (Blacksburg-New River Valley). Peters Mountain Wilderness is located in Giles 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.