Easy Peakbagging West Virginia’s Tallest Mountain
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Seneca Rocks is just a piece of the larger Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. A large part of that designation encompasses the land surrounding Spruce Knob, south along US 33 from Seneca Rocks.
Spruce Knob, at 4,683 feet is the highest point in The Allegheny Mountains and West Virginia as a whole, but few peakbagging destinations are as accessible. For anyone not interested or able to climb it themselves, Spruce Knob is the ultimate way to experience the Allegheny high country. A paved Forest Service road weaves its way up the mountain from US 33, making it an easy destination for sunset or sunrise. On top, numerous picnic areas as well as a stone observation tower and short summit hiking trails wind through the krummholz and rocky boulder fields to present views deep into the surrounding mountains and valleys, as well as back north to Seneca Rocks. More than any other summit in the area, the short, stunted trees and weather-ravaged terrain make it obvious you’re up high.
The summit also serves as a trailhead for numerous trails through this part of the Recreation Area, including one that follows the ridgeline north from the mountain to scenic camping spots further from the crowds. Spruce Knob, like Seneca Rocks, is the perfect playground for everyone from the budding but inexperienced hiker, to hardened backpackers looking for multiday treks.
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