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“Great at any time of the year!”
Review of Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Riverton
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Great at any time of the year!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

I go to Spruce Knob often. This is a mountain of contrasts. On any given day you can see for 60 miles and 5 minutes later not see the hand in front of your face. One of the great things about it is that you have cliffside views near the top on the road. There is parking at the top and the walk to the observation tower is only 900 feet from the parking lot. There is a 1/2 mile nature trail that also sends you to southern and eastern overlooks. Hiking trails are numerous, both on spruce knob and past it. If you go to Spruce Knob, you should go past it to the lake as well. There is a wonderful trail that circles it, and in the deep winter when the roads are clear you can see people ice fishing.

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Redlands, California
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659 reviews
321 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
“A Perfect Day: Fall Colors and New Snow”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

We visited on a perfect day in October: the fall colors were still in full view at the lower levels and the first snow of the season enveloped the top, blanketing the pine trees in snow. We stopped along the road many times, both on the drive up and the drive down, to capture the beauty of the trees. The temperature on top was 24 degrees, but fine with a good jacket and gloves, and 42 degrees just a while later at Seneca Rocks. The contrasts were striking. We were glad to be able to experience both fall and winter in one drive up to the high point of West Virginia.

Visited October 2013
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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99 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Spectacular natural beauty”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

A trip to Spruce Knob demonstrates WV's natural beauty and wonder. On a clear day you can see for miles. Be aware of the weather as it can be dramatically different on the Seneca Rock side of the mountain. There are two ways to get to Spruce Knob - one way is generally on a gravel road and goes through Whitmer and Gandy Creek Camping area; the other way is an asphalt road off route 33/28 near Riverton. We went up on the gravel road and down on the paved road. The man made Spruce Knob Lake is very pretty - especially this time of year when the leaves are changing. The leaves probably change 2 weeks earlier on Spruce Knob as it is 4,800 feet. Spruce Knob is worth a Sunday drive for spectacular views of the WV mountains.

Visited October 2013
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Martinsburg
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70 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I was down this way for work one day, so being so close, I had to visit the highest point in WV. I actually liked the views from the 1st pull-off better than from the overlook mountain. In my opinion, the trees had grown up so much, the view was compromised. Seeing the earlier review, I think those back roads are by the Seneca Lake. I travel crazy back roads for work, and that's the way I went up. I also loved the sign at the bottom of the paved road, saying that there was no snow removal from this point forward, my GPS said there were still 7 miles to go. Don't visit during the winter, obviously! :)

Visited September 2013
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northeast ohio
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“Tallest point in WV”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

It's a beautiful view from the highest point in West Virginia. This was our second trip there, and we just had to go up again. Once you get parked, there's a short trail loop that takes you around the top, and to the observation deck. The views are excellent. The kids loved the view as well, but most of all, they loved all the rocks there were to climb on. There are plenty to explore on. Just watch your footing, some are wobbly.

Now, little did we know there are two ways up to the top. The first time we went, we went up from Seneca Rocks where the road was pretty much paved the whole way. This time, we came from Elkins and our GPS had us go some crazy back woods route. The roads were gravel most of the way, with lots of pot holes. There are occasional signs to let you know you are going the right way and once you get part way up the mountain, you do reach paved roads. It made some of our group a little nervous. And when it was time to come back down, we decided to take the paved way back down towards Seneca rocks.

It's well worth the trip. I think we spent about 2 hours on it all (including drive time).

Visited August 2013
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