Beartown Wilderness Addition
A is a scenic, unroaded area containing 284 acres of possible old
growth. It contains the headwaters of Laurel Creek, and is prime
Addition B includes a 3-mile section of the Appalachian Trail as it climbs Chestnut
Ridge, and adjoins more than 4 miles of the AT along the ridge and the Chestnut
Knob Shelter. There are good views all along Chestnut Ridge, and the view of
Burkes Garden is spectacular. This unroaded area includes 206 acres of possible
About half of each addition provides opportunities for secluded back-country
recreation. Radio telemetry indicates the presence of the Virginia big-eared
bat, federally listed as endangered.
The Forest Service identified as roadless areas Addition A (west) and Addition
B (south) to Beartown Wilderness in RARE II and again in the current inventory.
In this proposal, the AT corridor on the crest of Chestnut Ridge is excluded
because of the ongoing management of the balds. These additions will further
enhance Beartown Wilderness' fabled remoteness.
Approximate Size: Addition A 1,369 acres, Addition B 3,060 acres
Location: Bland and Tazewell counties, southeast of Tazewell, Wythe
Hutchison Rock, Tazewell South