Scenic Driving West Virginia
by Bruce Sloane (Falcon Guides)
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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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