MOUNT DAVIS HAS AN ELEVATION OF 979 M (3,213 FT) WHICH MAKES IT THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE U.S. STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT IS SITUATED IN THE 2,301 HA (5,685 ACRES) FORBES STATE FOREST IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO ELK LICK TOWNSHIP, SOMERSET COUNTY.
The mountain is located on a 50 km (30 mile) ridge running from central Somerset County into Garrett County, Maryland. The highest point was named after John Nelson Davis, an American Civil War veteran, surveyor and naturalist famous for his research of the flora and fauna of the mountain and its close by areas.
The summit of Mount Davis may be ascended in several ways, depending on the weather conditions: by car, as well as by foot on a few hiking trails. The natural surroundings are notable for the patterns of unusual circular stone created by periglacial action. There is a metal observation tower at the highest point of the mountain with an extensive map of the region available for the visitors.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN PENNSYLVANIA:
- Mount Davis - 979 m (3,213 ft), in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States.
- Blue Knob - 951 m (3,120 ft), in the Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania, United States.
- Herman Point - 914 m (3,000 ft), in the Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania, United States.
- Schaefer Head - 899 m (2,950 ft), in the Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania, United States.
- Ritchey Knob - 873 m (2,865 ft), a part of the Blue Knob massif, in the Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania, United States.
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