Big Draft Wilderness
|Big Draft Wilderness|
|Part of Monongahela National Forest|
Big Draft Wilderness
|Elevation||1,920 ft (585.2 m)|
|Highest point||Greenbrier Mountain|
|- location||east of Anthony|
|- elevation||3,121 ft (951.3 m)|
|Lowest point||Anthony Creek|
|- location||at the Greenbrier River|
|- elevation||1,800 ft (548.6 m)|
|Area||5,144 acres (2,081.7 ha) |
|Management||Monongahela National Forest|
|Owner||US Forest Service|
|IUCN category||Ib - Wilderness Area|
|Nearest city||White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia|
|Website: Monongahela National Forest Special Places|
The Big Draft Wilderness is a 5,144-acre (2,082 ha) U.S. Wilderness area in the Monongahela National Forest of southeast West Virginia, USA. Its name derives from the nearby Big Draft, a tributary of Anthony Creek which is a tributary of the Greenbrier River. Big Draft Wilderness occupies the southern-most acreage of the Monongahela National Forest and is located just south of the Blue Bend Recreation Area. The town White Sulphur Springs lies about 5 miles south of the Wilderness and about 15 miles northeast of Lewisburg.
The Big Draft Wilderness is located entirely in Greenbrier County. The Wilderness is drained by the Greenbrier River's Anthony Creek and its tributaries Big Draft and Laurel Creek. The Greenbrier River flows into the New River at Hinton, West Virginia. The New River flows into the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River.
The Wilderness is located Allegheny Mountains, a part of the Appalachian Mountains chain. The highest point in the Wilderness is along Greenbrier Mountain at 3,121 feet (951 m) near the southern boundary of the Wilderness Area. The lowest elevation in the Wilderness is at 1,800 feet (550 m) along the Greenbrier River at the mouth of Anthony Creek where it exits the Wilderness.
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 created the 5,144 acres (2,082 ha) Big Draft Wilderness. This area is located between Anthony Creek and the southern boundary of the Monongahela National Forest. It protects Anthony Creek watershed which is a popular trout stream. The hiking trails are part of the extensive Monongahela National Forest trail system.
- Blue Bend Trail - 5.0 miles (8.0 km)
- Anthony Creek Trail - 3.8 miles (6.1 km)
- South Boundary Trail - 4.8 miles (7.7 km)
- "Big Draft Wilderness". Monongahela National Forest. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009". Library of Congress. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
- deHart, Allen; Sundquist, Bruce (May 1999). Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide (7 ed.). West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. p. 342. ISBN 0-961-65532-1.
- "Big Draft Wilderness brochure" (PDF). Monongahela National Forest. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- Big Draft Wilderness map
- TopoQuest topographic map
- West Virginia Wilderness Coalition