Laurel Gap Trail

At A Glance


7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 7
Steepness: Few Hills
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Trail Number: 184
Rides That Use This Trail: Douglas Falls (Big Ivy South Tour), Big Ivy Tour (Coleman Boundary)


A long, grassy old road (FS 5548), running parallel to (but higher than) FS 74 through the Big Ivy area. At its highest point, the road is just below the Blue Ridge Parkway. Intersects four other trails for loop options. High elevation, dense northern hardwoods and patches of spruce-fir forest. Rolling climbs and descents and nothing technical. Comprises part of the Big Ivy Tour ride when combined with the Bear Pen trail.

Long stretches of this trail are overgrown in summer with a grassy and mossy surface, making the ride challenging at times. But the forest is starting to grow back over the road and shade out the ground cover in other places, making for a discernible path available along at least the southern half of its length now.

Intersecting Trails

  • Bear Pen
  • Little Andy
  • Perkins
  • Upper Corner Rock
  • This trail is located in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Laurel Gap - Start to Bear Pen

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.6 mi

    Laurel Gap - Perkins to Little Andy

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.43 mi

    Laurel Gap - Bear Pen to Perkins

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 2.02 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 7.04 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



    Average Rating: 3.0 (rated 11 times)

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    Bob said: Again, very overgrown with no maintenance first week of July 2017. Unfortunate as it the connector for several stem trails up from Big Ivy Rd. BUT, stunning amount and diversity of wildflowers!!

    Saturday, July 8 2017 6:35pm

    Rockhound said: Super overgrown. Slow trail. Riding on grass. Lots of stinging nettles!! These conditions as of August 2016. Needs maintenance.

    Monday, August 15 2016 2:42am
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