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Roaring Plains West Wilderness

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Ridges of green mountains with haze in the distance
Library image #4475: Looking southeast, Haystack Knob in the foreground. North Fork Mountain in the distance.


The United States Congress designated the Roaring Plains West Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 6,794 acres. All of this wilderness is located in West Virginia and is managed by the Forest Service.


The 6,792 acre Roaring Plains West Wilderness area is located approximately 3 miles southwest of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Canaan Valley State Park is about 5 miles north of the area. Primary access is from the Flatrock Run Trail and Forest Road 70 (gated, but open during autumn hunting season). The vegetation is diverse and consists of mixed hardwoods, red spruce and brush, with an under-story of bogs, grasses and rhododendron. The elevations range from 3,000 along the southern perimeter of the area to over 4,700 feet at the top of Mt. Porte Crayon. The 4-mile trail system is open to hikers and equestrians and provides numerous scenic views.

Planning to Visit the Roaring Plains West 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 Roaring Plains West 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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