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Kimberling Creek Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Kimberling Creek Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 5,928 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Virginia and is managed by the Forest Service.


Kimberling Creek Wilderness is a remote headwaters area containing no maintained trails. Kimberling Creek, fed by Kimberling Springs by way of Sulphur Spring Fork, touches the southernmost portion of the area. The wilderness lies at its lowest elevation on the creek at 2,282 feet and rises to 3,200 feet in the northern portion on Hogback Mountain. Most of the terrain is steep and dissected.

There are no system trails within this wilderness. The area contains mixed hardwoods with white and yellow pine scattered throughout, and an understory of dogwood, sourwood, red maple, mountain laurel, and rhododendron.

Kimberling Creek Wilderness is located in Bland 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.

Planning to Visit the Kimberling Creek Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Kimberling Creek Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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