Spruce Knob and Spruce Knob Lake West Virginia's High Point

Judy Gap, West Virginia

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A 42-mile, curvy drive up the steep Allegheny Front to the observation tower at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4,863 feet elevation. From there, the drive descends to isolated Spruce Knob Lake and then passes along a small fishing creek. Almost the entire drive is on gravel roads. Special Attractions: Spruce Knob, alpine vegetation, superb views, and Spruce Knob Lake. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving West Virginia

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Scenic Driving West Virginia

by Bruce Sloane (Falcon Guides)

A 42-mile, curvy drive up the steep Allegheny Front to the observation tower at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4,863 feet elevation. From there, the drive descends to isolated Spruce Knob Lake and then passes along a small fishing creek. Almost the entire drive is on gravel roads.

Special Attractions: Spruce Knob, alpine vegetation, superb views, and Spruce Knob Lake. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Bruce Sloane/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Judy Gap
Distance: 42
Season: Late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Monongahela National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce Knob & Spruce Knob Lake: West Virginia's High Point

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Appropriately named due to the Red Spruce growing in the highest elevations, Spruce Knob offers a chance to traverse three different types of forests on the windy way to the top. You'll start with mostly roads flanked by oak, pine, and hickory trees. As you climb higher, you'll eventually see hardwoods such as poplar, maple, beech, and birch. The trees seem to shrink and twist at the top of Spruce Knob. If you can brave the mighty winds, get out at the look out and be prepared for an expansive view, only some of which is unspoiled forest. (There are also quite a few farms and lots of grazing land within the viewshed.) The higher elevations offer more than just spruce. Here you'll also find some mountain ash and yellow birch. Just a note: Many beech trees in this area are currently blighted and dying. In late fall or winter, it may not be as notieable, but I'm sure this will change the scenery some in spring.



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