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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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  • Day trip with kids. Nice paved road all the way to the top. Narrow in a few spots for bigger vehicles so be courteous. Short walk to the observation tower. Nice path around the Knob to see down into v...  more »
  • Worth the long, winding roads to get there Beautiful views of both West VA and VA mountains Cool overlooks Picnic tables 
  • From the drive to the views this was a must see destination on your visit to West Virginia. I loved the drive to the top up the narrow windy road. Views you have to see for yourself. 
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  • Very easy to find and walk to the top! State Highpoint #3 for my wife and I.
  • If you're looking to get away from pavement but don't want to destroy your car/bike/back these trails are outstanding. The vistas are numerous and beautiful, the trails seem to go on forever and they're as easy or as difficult as you want them to be. Can't wait to go back!
  • Beautiful view, but make sure your car is in tip top condition. I met someone stuck almost at the peak with their car refusing to start..it was Sunday afternoon and closest civilization was about 40 min away. The road to the site twists and turns it's entire length, with many u-turns along the way. At the peak you'll find plenty of parking, a public outhouse, I THINK I saw some picnic tables, however I'm pretty sure I saw a sign to pack back all your garbage as the site does not get visited/cleaned/maintained on regular basis. Lastly make sure the weather is nice. You won't see much unless the sky is clear I think. Light snow prevented me from enjoying the scenic view during my only visit few days ago.
  • Top of the world in wv. Great ride up.and down. Great views.
  • Beautiful view from East lookout and fire tower. Great place to ride your motorcycle.