Spruce Knob Summit

Harman, West Virginia

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A “must hike” trail! The summit ridge of Spruce Mountain is a hiker’s delight. With more than 60 miles of trails through beautiful northern hardwood forests, it’s easy to understand why Seneca Creek Backcountry is a favorite among West Virginia backpackers. Trails dance across the cold, clear water of Seneca Creek, muscle their way up steep ridges and rest in mountain meadows, and travel through spruce forests near the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 feet. The thick forests of birch, beech, maple, and cherry offer cool shade in the summer. Deep snows blanket the area in winter, and often in the fall and spring! Give yourself extra time when visiting the backcountry. This beautiful area should not be rushed through. Special attractions: Ridge-crest meadows containing blueberries, azaleas, and wildflowers; thick spruce forests; crystal-clear mountain streams.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

A “must hike” trail! The summit ridge of Spruce Mountain is a hiker’s delight. With more than 60 miles of trails through beautiful northern hardwood forests, it’s easy to understand why Seneca Creek Backcountry is a favorite among West Virginia backpackers. Trails dance across the cold, clear water of Seneca Creek, muscle their way up steep ridges and rest in mountain meadows, and travel through spruce forests near the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 feet.

The thick forests of birch, beech, maple, and cherry offer cool shade in the summer. Deep snows blanket the area in winter, and often in the fall and spring! Give yourself extra time when visiting the backcountry. This beautiful area should not be rushed through. Special attractions: Ridge-crest meadows containing blueberries, azaleas, and wildflowers; thick spruce forests; crystal-clear mountain streams.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harman
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Local Contacts: Spruce Knobs - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Circleville, Onega, Spruce Knob, Whitmer
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce Knob Summit

Recent Trail Reviews

9/5/2005
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This was a terrific hike, my dog and I are enthusiatic though not experienced hikers and we loved it!


8/19/2005
0

Our group didn't do the whole trail listed as-is. Instead, we went in on the Seneca Creek trail, took the Judy Springs trail and hooked up with the Huckleberry trail to the summit. This was actually a very nice variation, and the Judy Springs shortcut was really beautiful including a picturesque sloped field and the springs that are the trails namesake. Note to those interested in hiking in and camping, there are MANY places along the Seneca Creek Trail and Huckleberry trail that have a lot of flat space and quite a few firepits.



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