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Spruce Knob, Riverton

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Spruce Knob, at, is the highest point in the state of West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains.OverviewThe summit of Spruce Knob has a definite alpine feel, much more so than most other mountains of the Southern Appalachians. The upper few hundred feet are covered in a dense spruce forest, a relic boreal forest environment similar to those found in northern New England and Canada. The summit is accessible both via trails and a paved Forest Service road, and is crowned with a stone lookout tower amid a mixture of boulder fields, meadows and trees. A handicap-accessible nature trail half a mile (0.8 km) long circles the topmost part of the mountain. High west winds near the summit have gnarled the spruce there like Krummholz, flagged with limbs only on their leeward (eastward) side.As is typical in the southern Appalachians, the highest point on a ridge is frequently referred to as a knob or dome. Spruce Knob is the highest point along a ridge known as the Allegheny Front. Dropping steeply to the east, it offers views of the Germany Valley and North Fork Mountain; to the west is the Allegheny Plateau. It also is the highest point in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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  • Nice short trail at top with bathrooms and a viewing tower. For more challenging activities you can hike or mountain bike the trail to the bottom which is not for the faint of heart. Free tent camping...  more »
  • Takes a long time to get to top - views were OK - maybe it was time of year we went (November) - trees were sort of bare. We continued to see the lake - very far from top of mountain. Took us over 1 h...  more »
  • We love this spot and visit anytime we're in WV within a couple hours. The drive is half the fun, especially in winter :) The little trail is lovely. We've never had the chance to actually see any lon...  more »

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