SPRUCE KNOB MOUNTAIN, IN EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, USA, WITH THE ELEVATION OF 1,482 M (4,863 FT) ABOVE SEA LEVEL IS THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAINS. IT LIES MOSTLY WITHIN THE SPRUCE KNOB-SENECA ROCKS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, IN THE MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST, PENDLETON COUNTY.
The peak of Spruce Knob has a much more alpine feel, compared to the majority of the Southern Appalachians Mountains. The upper part is covered in a dense spruce forest, similar to those found in Canada.
The summit is accessible all year round both via hiking trails and a Forest Service road. There is also a handicap-accessible nature trail about 0.8 km (0.5 miles) long, which runs around the top of the mountain. In the Southern Appalachians, the highest point on a ridge is frequently referred to as a knob or dome.
Spruce Knob is the highest peak along the ridge known as the Allegheny Front. The mountain offers picturesque views to the east and to the west. The most popular hiking trails — Huckleberry Trail, Lumberjack Trail, Spruce Mountain Trail — constitute a total of 121 km (75 miles) of trails around the Mountain.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN WEST VIRGINIA:
- Spruce Knob Mountain - 1,482 m (4,863 ft), in the Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia, United States.
- Cheat Mountain - 1,478 m (4,848 ft), in the Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia, United States.
- Back Allegheny Mountain - 1,476 m (4,843 ft), in the Shavers Fork Mountain Complex, West Virginia, United States.
- Mount Porte Crayon - 1,454 m (4,770 ft), in the Monongahela National Forest, Randolph County, West Virginia, United States.
- North Fork Mountain - 1,398 m (4,588 ft), in the Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia, United States.
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