Spice Run Wilderness


The 6,030 acre Spice Run Wilderness is located south of Calvin Price State Forest. The area is about 2 miles in length and 3.5 miles wide and is found within portions of the Alvon, Anthony, Denmar, and Droop USGS quadrangle maps.

The Spice Run Wilderness does not have any marked, constructed or maintained trails. Visitors are welcome, but will be dependent on their own skills to find their way around. Managing the Spice Run Wilderness as a trail-less area provides greater opportunities for self-reliance and perpetuating the intent behind the Wilderness Act.

Vegetation consists of oak, hickory, maple and some pockets of hemlock with an understory of rhododendron, mixed shrubs, grasses and ferns. The elevations range from 2,000 feet along the Greenbrier River to over 2,800 feet throughout interior portions of the area.

Additional Resources

Spice Run Wilderness Brochure

Spice Run Wilderness Map

At a Glance

  • Groups over 10 persons are prohibited in the Wilderness.
  • Mountain bikes and mechanical devices such as carts are not allowed on Wilderness trails.
  • Removal of plants, stone or moss is prohibited.
  • Pets must be under your control at all times.
  • Motor vehicles are restricted to roads and parking areas.
  • Camp at least 200 feet from roads, streams and trails.
  • Follow Leave No Trace ethics. More information can be found at www.lnt.org.
Closest Towns: Neola, WV and Droop, WV
Water: No potable water provided. Bring your own or purify water found on site.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: White Sulphur Ranger District

General Information


State Roads 16 and 21 borders the area to the east and State Road 31 is about ½ to mile west of the area boundary. State Road 16 and 21 are in poor condition and passenger vehicles are not recommended on these roads. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are strongly encouraged.

From White Sulphur Springs: Head northeast on E Main St toward Mill Hill Ave Turn left onto WV-92 N/Pocahontas Trail (9.3 mi). Turn left onto Anthony Rd (1.1 mi)  Sharp right onto Little Creek Rd/State Rd 16 (9.3 mi). Access to Spice Run Wilderness is on the left. Parking is recommended along State Rd 16.

From Neola: Head southeast on Pub Rd 96 toward WV-92 N Turn right onto WV-92 S (6.1 mi). Turn right onto Anthony Rd (1.1 mi). Sharp right onto Little Creek Rd/State Rd 16 (9.3 mi). Access to Spice Run Wilderness is on the left. Parking is recommended along State Rd 16.   

General Notes:

The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) was created in 1964 with the passage of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act was passed to preserve natural conditions and provide opportunities for solitude. The Forest manages wilderness to offer visitors challenge, discovery, and self-reliance. We believe that these are the key to the “wilderness experience.” We therefore, manage these areas for the protection of the resource, not for visitor comfort or convenience. This enables you to meet nature on its terms, not modify it to suit your own. If you choose to enter one of our Wilderness areas, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Motorized and mechanical equipment, including but not limited to chainsaws, mountain bikes and deer carts are not permitted within the Wilderness.
  • Horses and other stock are permitted, but are not recommended in the Spice Run Wilderness because there are no marked, constructed, or maintained trails. In these conditions, heavy stock animals create a lot of damage to soft soils or can harm themselves on the rocks. We suggest hiking in the Wilderness areas and riding in other places on the Forest.
  • The Spice Run Wilderness does not have any marked, constructed, or maintained trails. Plan ahead. Have a map before you come. Topographic maps are more useful than simple line-drawn maps. A compass should be considered a necessity.

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