Whispering Spruce Trail - Forest Trail 567

1/2 mile. Encircles the Spruce Knob tower. Visitors can feel what life is like for the plants and animals living above 4,000 feet in the Allegheny Mountains. This nature trail winds through windblown rock where one can feel the sharp west wind blow. It then leads out to a point where giant boulders are scattered through an open field. Exceptional views to the east and west are seen beyond. From this point the trail enters a thick spruce patch protected from the wind where visitors can peek through breaks in the trees to see the North Fork valley below and the mountains fading into Virginia. Beyond the stand of spruce, the trail forks; left leads back to the tower and right leads through a blueberry patch speckled with azalea bushes before reaching the parking lot. The wide hard graveled path has gentle slopes.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Seneca Rocks, WV 
Water: Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs to kill harmful pathogens.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Potomac Ranger District

General Information


In Seneca Rocks, turn right on WV-28S/WV-55W and follow for about 10 miles, then turn right onto Briery Gap Run Rd. After about 2.4 miles continue onto FR 112. Follow on FR 112 for about 7.4 miles until you reach the intersection with FR 104. Take a right onto FR 104 at the intersection and follow for about 1.6 miles to the trailhead parking. 

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