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Spruce Knob, Riverton

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Spruce Knob, at, is the highest point in the state of West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains.
The summit of Spruce Knob has a definite alpine feel, much more so than most other mountains of the Southern Appalachians. The upper few hundred feet are covered in a dense spruce forest, a relic boreal forest environment similar to those found in northern New England and Canada. The summit is accessible both via trails and a paved Forest Service road, and is crowned with a stone lookout tower amid a mixture of boulder fields, meadows and trees. A handicap-accessible nature trail half a mile (0.8 km) long circles the topmost part of the mountain. High west winds near the summit have gnarled the spruce there like Krummholz, flagged with limbs only on their leeward (eastward) side.
As is typical in the southern Appalachians, the highest point on a ridge is frequently referred to as a knob or dome. Spruce Knob is the highest point along a ridge known as the Allegheny Front. Dropping steeply to the east, it offers views of the Germany Valley and North Fork Mountain; to the west is the Allegheny Plateau. It also is the highest point in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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  • This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. True, the drive there is a long one but the scenery of small towns, farmlands, forests and mountains is worth every mile. There is an observation...  more »
  • My 10-year old son and I just visited Spruce Knob this weekend. The drive up to the top of the mountain takes about 25 minutes. There is a restroom at the top, plenty of parking, garbage cans and an o...  more »
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  • Definitely not a bad spot, pretty good views. Wish the observation tower was a little taller, felt like the trees have outgrown it. The walking trail made up for it though, good views there. Definitely a good spot.
  • Beautiful Views, Clean walking paths. Restroom facilities could have used a good cleaning, but other than that...It is amazingly beautiful up there.

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