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Little Dry Run Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Little Dry Run Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 2,845 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Virginia and is managed by the Forest Service.


Little Dry Run Wilderness is located on the east end of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. It ranges in elevation from 2,440 feet along Little Dry Run at the northeast boundary to 3,614 feet near the center of the area. Vegetation is typical hardwood community with oaks and hickories and some yellow pines on the warmer exposures. Wildlife in the area is diverse and Little Dry Run is a native trout stream.

Access to the area centers along one trail, the Little Dry Run Trail (FT #341), of which about three miles is within the wilderness. Trail information is available on National Geographic-Trails Illustrated Map # 786 (Mount Rogers).

Little Dry Run Wilderness is located in Wythe County in southwest Virginia. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as a part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.

Planning to Visit the Little Dry Run 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 Little Dry Run 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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