Backcountry Science: Hiking and Snakes and Bears – Oh My!

Spring has come to the mountains, which means that hundreds of folks both inside and outside the region are hitting the trails and getting into the woods. At the same time, though, much of the region’s wildlife is also getting out and about. Within the past few weeks, for example, two of our region’s most…

Laurel Fork Trail

Length/Type: Approximately 1.5 miles one-way, out-and-back; Difficulty: Moderate (some moderately steep but short climbs, some undergrowth present in summer); Other Considerations: The trail’s end at the mouth of Laurel Fork can be buggy in warm months, and the trailhead parking area is not secured overnight – both considerations for potential overnight campers. You can download a detailed topo…