Spruce Knob Lake

Petersburg, West Virginia 26847

Spruce Knob Lake

Spruce Knob Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The highest campground in this book lies near the highest point in the state.

Campers can enjoy the cool air of the high country at drive-up campsites or walk-in tent campsites. No matter where your point of entry, it is a good drive through rugged terrain to reach the campground. Bring all supplies you will need. Enter the paved campground loop and drive uphill through a northern hardwood forest. This deciduous woodland, perched at 4,000 feet, will be one of the last places to leaf out and one of the first places to turn colorful in the state. Begin to pass campsites tucked away in deep woods off the loop road. The understory is thick here, which is good for campsite privacy. The campsites are average in size. There are numerous combinations of sun and shade here, though most campsites are on the shady side."

Spruce Knob Lake Trip Reports

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This campground was ok. The price was actually $14 per night, not $8. The sites were nice, but we ended up with some noisy camper neighbors. Reminds me why I prefer backcountry camping.
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The campground was okay. The best sites are the ones located at the beginning of the loop on the outside. We were in site 41, which was a walk up - we had to walk up a little incline to get to our site, but nothing onerous. The campground was pretty wooded, although we were a bit close to the site that we backed up on.

If you are coming from the direction of Spruce Knob Mountain, the road is unpaved for the last 10 miles. The road was in acceptable condition for our compact car.

The biggest issues was that we thought there would be water at the campground, but there were signs on all the taps saying, "Water has not been tested. Don't drink." Luckily we brought a filter as the nearest store is 15 miles (and about 40 minutes) away. Apparently, the camp host drinks the water with no problems.

I would stay here again - it was convenient to get to a number of hikes in the Mon from here.

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Mid-April–early October
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