Spruce Knob Picnic
Potomac Ranger District
HC 59, Box 240
Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone: (304) 257-4488
From Riverton, West Virginia, you want to take US
Route 33 south 2 miles to Briery Gap Road. Turn
right and go 2 miles to Forest Road 112. Turn left
onto Forest Road 112 and continue for 9 1/2 miles to
Forest Road 104. The picnic area is on Forest Road
104, 1 1/2 miles south of Spruce Knob.
At 4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is
West Virginia's highest peak. From this rugged
alpine peak, you can view grassy openings and
pastures or look down on forested ridges as far as
the eye can see.
This small, high elevation picnic area is
protected in a spruce forest and set among flowering
azaleas. It is open from Memorial Day through Labor
Day. Each site includes a table, grill and waste
receptacle. Water is provided by a hand pumped well.
Two non-accessible vault toilets are available.
Spruce Knob Tower is located 1/2 miles south at
the end of Forest Road 104. Hiking trails are
located nearby. There are no fees for use of the
picnic area. Sites are on a first come, first served
A stone and steel observation tower sits atop the
Knob, providing visitors with a vantage point from
which to enjoy a 360 degree view. The half-mile
Whispering Spruce Trail circles the knob and
provides panoramic views. Interpretive signs along
the gentle, graveled trail describe the high country
vegetation, geology and animal life. Vault toilets,
picnic tables, grills and vehicle parking complete
the facilities available at the tower.
On windy or cloudy days this picnic area is more
sheltered than those picnic sites located at the top
of Spruce Knob. Limited to day-use only.
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