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Gaudineer Scenic Area

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Gaudineer Knob

Very out of the way spot with a fairytale-like half mile walk through old red spruce woods. Thick... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2018
Pelham, Canada
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Awesome view on a clear day. Fascinating evolution of old-growth forest. Reminds one of how wild... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Richard L
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27 Forest Service Road, Durbin, WV
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

Very out of the way spot with a fairytale-like half mile walk through old red spruce woods. Thick moss on the ground. Picnic tables in little secluded spots. It was too cold today (October 18) to picnic, but it was a lovely, easy walk, including...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank X146UItammym
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Awesome view on a clear day. Fascinating evolution of old-growth forest. Reminds one of how wild and wonderful West Virginia can be.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

This area has never been logged. It is pristine and awe inspiring. This is what West Virginia looked like before civilization came along. Beautiful!!!

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank DougCsr
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a small area of virgin spruce forest... There is a short hiking trail with a wonderful scenic overlook of a beautiful valley and several mountain passes... Well worth the pause in any trip...

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank TheWhistleStop
Reviewed July 1, 2016

Even though the old fire watch tower has been removed, you can still see beautiful scenery. Look around, those trees have never been logged. This area is a virgin forest. Now listen to the silence.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank DougCsr
Reviewed January 9, 2015

Gaudineer Knob is a small chunk of what West Virginia once was before civilization came. On top of Cheat Mountain off Route 250 between Durbin and Huttonsville, WV. Take the forest road a couple miles and you can walk in a primeval Spruce forest at...More

Date of experience: May 2014
3  Thank wvgig
Reviewed May 2, 2012

This rare, virgin Red Spruce forest is a glimpse at the forests of the high Allegheny mountains as they once would have looked before most red spruce trees were logged. Rare, endangered species such as the Cheat Mountain Salamander and the West Virginia Northern Flying...More

Date of experience: September 2011
7  Thank Roxy T
Reviewed December 17, 2009

I chose this location because it was very secluded and was just what I needed! Granted the trail to the overlook is not long at all, but the view is spectacular....especially in winter! If you're driving through the area, go check it out!

9  Thank bread29
Reviewed October 21, 2009

A complete disappointment! The Gaudineer Scenic Area consists of a three mile unpaved, very rough road into an average heavily forested area with no views and nothing to see or do. Not developed in the least, and not "scenic" at all -- the state roads...More

4  Thank QuonsetKitty
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