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Spruce Knob, Riverton

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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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  • It is worth to go up there. No matter which Salim man comes from that drive to is on a gravel road. Unfortunately the Indian summer was with us at the beginning.
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  • A long paved road climbs to the top of West Virginia's highest peak. It's a bit narrow in places, but two vehicles can pass each other without much difficulty. Ample parking was available, and the vau...  read more »
  • Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV at almost 5,000 ft. It's a beautiful winding road to the summit. You park and walk 900ft to an observation tower to see the valleys below. There is a .5 mile loo...  read more »
  • 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 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.
  • Great ride up the mountain and beautiful views!
  • Awesome 12 mile ride up the mountain to beautiful scenic vistas.
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