Spruce Knob

Spruce Knob is a typical Appalachian Mountain. It's only distinguishing characteristic is that it's the highest point in the state of West Virginia. On a clear day, a beautiful panorama of the surrounding hills and valleys can be seen. It is accessible by car, or for the more ambitious hikers, there are many trails up Spruce Knob. See also: Seneca Rocks.

Elevation (feet): 4,863
Elevation (meters): 1,482
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: West Virginia
Latitude: 38.7
Longitude: -79.532778
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Convenient Center: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

Thanks to Chris Swansiger and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 11 trip reports for Spruce Knob.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #22434 - by Steve Gruhn on Oct 10, 2013
    Easy walk from parking lot.
  • Log #22429 - by Caj E Svensson on Oct 10, 2013
    A weekend trip with Molly, our new Volvo, and a stay at a B&B in the WV mountains. A quick hike on a well maintained trail to the WV highpoint. The trees were much impacted by the wind and looks...
  • Log #21938 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Feb 25, 2010
    Just drove in since this was the last of five peaks, three high points that summer. It was foggy like it had been for all but Hoye Crest the high point in Maryland. Interesting tower, boulder strewn...
  • Log #15907 - by Yury Konev on May 31, 2004
    I was exploring the states of Tennessee and Kentucky during the worst monthly (May) outbreak of tornadoes in US history. Luckily, I didn't run into any on my trip. On the way back through West...
  • Log #15908 - by Herman Zeigler on Oct 03, 2003
    State highpoint #9. It can get very windy and cold on the summit. Most of the trees have leaves on one side only due to the constant wind. There is an observation tower with great 360 degree views of...
  • Log #15909 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Oct 02, 2003
    Wanted to see the wind farm on Backbone mountain that took us cross country that by the time we got to Seneca Rocks the peak was already socking in with fog. Good thing we stopped to see Seneca Rocks...
  • Log #15910 - by axeman on Aug 30, 2003
    Pretty views. (9) hour hike Portion along Seneca Creek beautiful. Nice little swimming hole with a waterfall for jumping. Went with one of my boys and had a blast
  • Log #15911 - by Christopher Bourque on Aug 04, 2002
    The views were phenomenal. What a difference 3,000ft elevation makes. Spruce knob feels like a totally different planet.
  • Log #15912 - by Chris Gilsdorf on Nov 26, 2001
    I was surprised to find the road open at this time of year, dad and I were prepared to hike up if the road was closed. We had to park anyway and hike the lasty mile to the summit. Absolutely no view,...
  • Log #15913 - by Mark H. on Aug 10, 2001
    A nice, airy peak in a beautiful area. I look forward to another visit someday. Check my site for pics and commentary.
  • Log #15914 - by Chris Swansiger on Jan 28, 2001
    See my website for a full trip report and pictures.