Spruce Knob - Seneca Creek Backcountry


Judy Springs

The Spruce Knob Area offers hikers a vast backcountry to explore. Nearly 70 miles of trails wind through stands of red spruce, open meadows and along fast-flowing mountain streams. Beautiful northern hardwood forests of maple, beech, birch, cherry and other trees cover most of the area creating a brilliant display of fall color.

This area provides cool shade in the summer with many opportunities to see spring and summer wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

Elevation ranges from 3,000 feet to over 4,800 feet above sea level. Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Snow can be expected anytime from October through April.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Whitmer, WV
Water: Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs before drinking to kill harmful pathogens
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For further information please contact the Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240, Petersburg, WV 26847 (304)257-4488.

General Information


The trailheads along Gandy Creek are the easiest to get to by car in the winter by following County Road 29 south from Whitmer.

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