Virginia Wilderness - Keeping it like it is
Hunting Camp Creek
The valleys of Hunting Camp Creek and Little Wolf Creek provide unusual opportunities for solitude and the wilderness experience. The headwaters of these two streams, and indeed the entire drainage of Little Wolf Creek, lie within a designated “roadless area” of the Jefferson National Forest.
The potential 8,470-acre wilderness stretches from ridge top to ridge top, and is traversed by the Appalachian Trail. There is an intermittent trail along an old logging railroad grade next to Hunting Camp Creek, and another informal trail along the crest of Brushy Mountain, which forms the southeast boundary of the proposed wilderness. Garden Mountain forms the northwestern edge of this exceptionally secluded area; VA routes 623, 615 and 610 complete the boundary. There are only two internal Forest Service roads, both now gated and unused.
The area exhibits
the typical peculiarities of Ridge and Valley geology, with older Silurian
sandstone forming the tops of the mountains and younger Devonian shales
appearing in the valleys. The slopes are steep to very steep. The vegetation
is characteristic of eastern deciduous forest, with tulip tree, cucumber
tree, Fraser magnolia, northern red oak, white oak, basswood, white ash,
red maple, sourwood, white pine, and hemlock at lower elevations, and
chestnut oak, scarlet oak, striped maple, Virginia pine, and Table Mountain
pine at higher elevations.