Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.
--William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian Physician.
On the Appalachian Trail near Laurel Falls you'll discover
numerous cut-throughs made for the old Laurel Fork Railway. Standard gauged
rails were used to haul timber out of this remote area to a Hampton, TN sawmill
from 1912-27. This area was dedicated the Pond Mountain Wilderness in 1986. The
term 'wilderness' is defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964 as “an area where the earth and community of life
are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not
remain" and "an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its
primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human
habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions."