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Spruce Knob

Spruce Mountain is the highest elevation ridge of the Allegheny Mountains. While just 16 miles in length, it contains several peaks over 4,500 in elevation, including Horse Rock, Spruce Mountain, Picea Benchmark, and Spruce Knob at 4,863 feet. Spruce Knob is the highest point along the Allegheny and the highest point in West Virginia.

The summit of Spruce Knob is covered in a dense spruce forest, a relic boreal forest environment similar to those found in northern New England. High west winds near the summit have gnarled the spruce there like Krummholz, flagged with limbs only on their leeward (eastward) side. It offers views of Germany Valley and North Fork Mountain to the east, and the Allegheny Plateau to the west.

Nearby is Spruce Knob Lake, the highest elevation lake in the state, and Seneca Creek which contains several waterfalls and meadows.

Spruce Knob in autumn

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The region surrounidng Spruce Knob, a part of the Seneca Creek Backcountry, features nearly 60 miles of trails that wind atop mountains, along fast-flowing streams, and through open meadows.

Upper Falls of Seneca

Upper Falls of Seneca is a 30-foot-high cascade along Seneca Creek.

Lower Falls of Seneca

Lower Falls of Seneca is a cascade along Seneca Creek.

Cascades of Seneca

Cascades of Seneca is a 14-foot-high waterfall near the junction with Judy Springs Trail 512.

The region surrounidng Spruce Knob, a part of the Seneca Creek Backcountry, features nearly 60 miles of trails that wind atop mountains, along fast-flowing streams, and through open meadows.

Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

(304) 567-2827

Potomac Ranger District

(304) 257-4488

The following directions are to access the summit of Spruce Mountain:

From Franklin, follow US Route 33 west for 14 miles. Turn left onto Briery Gap Road (County Route 33/4) and continue west for 2.4 miles. Continue onto Forest Road 112 for 7.4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 104 to the Spruce Mountain summit.

From Elkins, follow US Route 33 east for 44.5 miles. Turn right onto Briery Gap Road (County Route 33/4) and continue west for 2.4 miles. Continue onto Forest Road 112 for 7.4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 104 to the Spruce Mountain summit.

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