Bickel Knob Observation Tower, Elkins

4.7
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Forest
Bickle Knob is a mountain summit located east of Elkins in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. Easily accessible during warm-weather months, Bickle Knob is also home to one of the few remaining observation towers in Monongahela National Forest.
The most prominent feature at Bickle Knob is its observation tower. Formerly a fire tower, the original cab has been removed and replaced with a wooden viewing platform. The observation tower provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area including the Shavers Fork River, Tygart Valley River valley, and the U.S. Route 33 crossing of Cheat Mountain. The tower is not handicapped-accessible.
A pit toilet is located at Bickle Knob. The site formerly featured a small picnic ground, which has since been removed.
Bickle Knob is located at the end of Forest Route 91A, a spur from Stuart Memorial Drive . Both roads are gravel but can easily be traversed by normal passenger cars. Stuart Memorial Drive is a scenic path as it traces the edge of the Shavers Fork canyon. Due to the high elevation of the area and the fact that FR 91 is not plowed in the winter, the road may be hazardous when snow is present.
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  • Only about 4 mile drive to top---then very short walk to tower----some have issues because the stairs are see thru metal--but it really wasn't bad--and worth the view  more »
  • Social distancing for the day and getting away from all the craziness in the world, I ended up at Bickles Knob. Even though I have lived in Randolph county all my life I had never climbed to the top.....  more »
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  • I love this area... you can breathe peace and watch beautiful sunsets :)
  • Beautiful Place I am so glad I went, tower could be made securer though its a little shady 😂

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