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Red Spruce Knob
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Red Spruce Knob

 
Red Spruce Knob

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: West Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.32630°N / 80.1542°W

Object Title: Red Spruce Knob

County: Pocahontas

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4703 ft / 1433 m

 

Page By: vanny37

Created/Edited: Mar 11, 2006 / Mar 12, 2006

Object ID: 180131

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Overview

Red Spruce Knob is one of the highest mountains in the state of West Virginia. According to Allen de Hart's Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide, Red Spruce Knob is the 9th highest point in West Virginia. However, America's Roof has generated a list of West Virginia Summits over 4,000 feet and Red Spruce Knob ranks in at number 8. The knob is located very close to the Highland Scenic Highway, a spectacular road that traverses a portion of the national forest and provides easy access to trails in the area. Because of this, Red Spruce Knob is easily hiked in an hour or two, allowing time for more terrain to be explored during the day.

Red Spruce Knob provides easy hikes amidst a beautiful forest in the spring, summer, and fall, and forest skiing in the winter. Access to the mountain during the winter may involve skiing or snowmobiling the Highland Scenic Highway, as it is not maintained in the winter. More challenging cross-country hiking may be found by beginning a trip at the Handley Public Hunting and Fishing Area south of Red Spruce Knob. Trail-less hikes gaining 1,500' may be found by starting near there.

It should be noted that these high red spruce forests are home to the Virginia Flying Squirrel, an endangered animal. These unique animals and the forests they live in are well worth a visit to the area.

View from Red Spruce Knob
 

Getting There

Directions to the Red Spruce Knob trailhead on the Highland Scenic Highway from Marlinton, WV:

From the town of Marlinton, WV, head North on Route 219 to the top of Elk Mountain. Turn left onto the Highland Scenic Highway, Rt. 150 heading west. The Scenic Highway begins here at milepost 23.0. The trailhead will be on the left at approximately milepost 17.7.

Directions to the Red Spruce Knob trailhead on the Highland Scenic Highway from Richwood, WV:

From the town of Richwood, WV, head east on Route 55. Turn left onto the Highland Scenic Highway, Rt. 150 heading north. The Scenic Highway begins here at milepost 0.0. The trailhead will be on the right at approximately milepost 17.7.

It should be noted that the Scenic Highway does not have winter maintenance and is snow covered for most of the winter.

Red Tape

There are no special restrictions. Standard National Forest regulations apply.
 
Hiking Red Spruce Knob Trail
 

Camping

Camping is available at the nearby Tea Creek and Day Run Campgrounds. Camping in the Monongahela National Forest and the Cranberry Wilderness is also permitted as long as the regulations for each area are followed.

Summary of Trailheads and Routes

Trailheads


Red Spruce Knob Trailhead

The Red Spruce Knob Trailhead is easily accessed from the Highland Scenic Highway, WV Rt. 150. The trailhead provides access to the Red Spruce Knob Trail, as well as Old Gauley Road and FR115.
 
Red Spruce Knob Trailhead
 










Routes


Red Spruce Knob Trail

The Red Spruce Knob Trail (TR405) is a 1.2 mile long (one-way) trail that leads from the Red Spruce Knob Trailhead to the top of Red Spruce Knob. Along the trail, one will pass through beautiful red spruce forests, past the remains of an old fire tower, and to a pleasant view - all while hiking to West Virginia's 9th highest point.

External Links

A summary of links is found below.

Monongahela National Forest

Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide

Tea Creek

Day Run

Highland Scenic Highway

Cranberry Wilderness

List of West Virginia Summits over 4,000 feet

Marlinton, WV

Richwood, WV

Handley Public Hunting and Fishing Area

Current Nearby Weather Conditions

Images

Red Spruce Knob TopoOctober Leaves on Red Spruce KnobRed Spruce Knob from the SouthwestRed Spruce Knob from the SouthRed Spruce Knob Trail OverlookRed Spruce Knob from the NorthwestHiking Red Spruce Knob Trail
View from Red Spruce KnobRed Spruce Knob TrailRed Spruce Knob from the SoutheastRemains of Red Spruce Knob Fire TowerRed Spruce Knob Trailhead