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Peters Mountain Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Peters Mountain Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 4,523 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.

Planning to Visit the Peters Mountain 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 Peters Mountain 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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