Spruce Knob and Spruce Knob Observation Tower

  

Spruce Knob Tower with People

At 4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is West Virginia's highest peak. From this rugged alpine peak, you can view grassy openings and pastures or look down on forested ridges as far as the eye can see.

The vegetation here has adapted to a harsh environment. One-sided red spruce deformed by constant exposure to strong westerly winds cling to the high rocky ridges. Blueberry and huckleberry plants hug the ground.

Spruce Knob Tower - A stone and steel observation tower sits atop the Knob, providing visitors with a vantage point from which to enjoy a 360 degree view. The half-mile Whispering Spruce Trail circles the knob and provides panoramic views. Interpretive signs along the gentle, graveled trail describe the high country vegetation, geology and animal life. Vault toilets, picnic tables, grills and vehicle parking complete the facilities available at the tower.

At a Glance

Restrictions: See Order No. 21-86.
Closest Towns: Whitmer, WV and Harman, WV
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information contact the Potomac Ranger District at (304) 257-4488 or the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center at (304) 567-2827.

General Information

Directions:

From the north: Take Whitmer Road (CO-29) south from US-33 (one mile west of Harman) to Whitmer for 8.3 miles. From Whitmer continue south on Whitmer Road for 10.3 miles and turn left on Forest Road 1 for 2.5 miles to the campground and lake.

From the south: Turn left onto Forest Road 112 for approximately 11 miles to the lake.

From the east: Take Briery Gap Road (CO-33/4 at Gateway General Store) 2 miles south of Riverton off US-33 for 2.5 miles to Forest Road 112 and follow the signs to Spruce Knob.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Camping is a popular activity in the Spruce Knob area. Tiny Gatewood Group Campground has only three sites, while Spruce Knob Lake Campground contains 43 sites.

RV Camping

Camping is a popular activity in the Spruce Knob area. Tiny Gatewood Group Campground has only three sites, while Spruce Knob Lake Campground contains 43 sites.

Group Camping

Camping is a popular activity in the Spruce Knob area. Tiny Gatewood Group Campground has only three sites, while Spruce Knob Lake Campground contains 43 sites.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.699560
  Longitude : 
-79.533090
  Elevation : 
4863'