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Laurel Fork wilderness in West Virginia a remote bit of almost heaven

WYMER, W.Va. - The Laurel Fork Wilderness is more than a little out of the way.

The 12,052-acre tract lies 17 miles southeast of Elkins, tucked between long narrow ridges in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains.

The two-tract wilderness is in one of the most inaccessible areas of West Virginia, almost roadless, a primitive backcountry.

The Laurel Forks - as they together are known - are not a place you visit on your way to somewhere else. They are the least-visited federal wilderness in the sprawling 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. Nearby wild areas, including Dolly Sods, Otter Creek and Spruce Knob, all get more visitors.

The Laurel Forks are a land of...