Shawvers Run Wilderness Area

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Forest Service Road 177.1
Paint Bank, VA 24131
Region Shenandoah Valley
Locality Craig
Phone: (540) 552-4641

The Shawvers Run Wilderness Area is located in northern Craig County. This is an area of rugged and remote mountain terrain on the northwestern slope of Potts Mountain, just over the hill from Barbours Creek Wilderness. Elevations range from 2,000 feet on Shawvers Run in the extreme north to 3,800 feet on the top of Hanging Rock in the south. Hanging Rock is a 240-acre geologic attraction. Rough hiking will take you through a hardwood forest interspersed with yellow pine, hemlock, and white pine growing in some of the drainages. Within the Wilderness, the headwaters of Valley Branch contain native brook trout, as does Shawvers Run. There is plenty of wildlife. From New Castle, follow SR 311 for 6 miles to the top of Potts Mountain, turn right on FR 177.1 and go 3 miles to a parking area at the boundary of the wilderness area.

Last Updated: 7/22/2013 4:00 PM
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