Spruce Knob, West Virginia

Prominence: 2781 ft, 848 m

Elevation: 4861 feet, 1482 meters

True Isolation: 175.4 mi, 282.29 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 4861 ft / 1482 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)38° 41' 59'' N; 79° 31' 59'' W
38.699756, -79.532993 (Dec Deg)
627569E 4284480N Zone 17 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceWest Virginia (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionPendleton (Highest Point)

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     Spruce Knob at Trip Report for Pendleton, WV by Dale Millsap Trip Report for Pendleton, WV by Hans Haustein Trip Report for Pendleton, WV by Tom Harper Trip Report for Pendleton, WV by Julie Shoemaker

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Lists that contain Spruce Knob:
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #462)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #155)
     Eastern USA Peaks with 2500 feet of Prominence (Rank #25)
     Southeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #8)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #13)
     USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #33)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #84)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #14)
     Northeastern USA CoHPs (Rank #5)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #24)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #172)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #24)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #97)
     Southeast USA Peaks Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #8)
     Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet (Rank #33)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #17)
     U.S. National Forest High Points (Rank #85)
     Appalachian Mountain Range4 High Points (Rank #7)
     Most Prominent Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #23)
     West Virginia 4500-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     West Virginia County High Points (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1991-07-11 by Dennis Stewart
     2005-11-28 by Brian Webb
     2009-07-02 by James Barlow
     2010-05-29 by Greg Saltsman (Unsuccessful)
     2011-08-18 by Ron Stangeland
     2011-12-02 by Jenn Grayson
     2011-12-17 by Tye Scott
     2012-06-25 by Alan Barber
     2012-07-02 by Andrew DeFeo
     2013-04-19 by William Musser
     2013-05-11 by Dave Dunham
     2013-05-30 by Jamie Bakken
     2013-06-22 by Stephen Rigatti
     2013-07-27 by John Hasch
     2013-07-28 by Chris Morris
     2013-08-03 by Bill Reese
     2013-09-01 by Rocky Spine
     2014-07-11 by Jason Miles
     2015-06-14 by Vanessa Arnold
     2015-09-07 by David Odenwalder

View ascents of peak by registered members (401 total)

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Spruce Mountain, one of the shorter ridges in the Appalachian Ridges and Plateaus, is nevertheless the highest. Spruce Knob (4863'), a flat spot on the crest of whale-backed Spuce Mountain, is the highest point in the east between the Adirondacks of New York and Mount Rogers in far southern Virginia. While not above timberline, the stunted tree growth on this windy mountain is somewhat open, and there is also an open field south of the main knob.

Like many Southern Appalachian highpoints, a road leads tourists to the summit of Spruce Knob, but the steep gravel of this road discourages the masses. An squat observation tower allows extended views of the endless, green, hazy ridges of West Virginia and Virginia, but it is difficult to determine which of the spots on the flat, scrubby moutaintop is highest. A nature trail circles the summit, and the Huckleberry Trail leads north from Spruce Knob along the high crest of Spruce Mountain, hooking up with the Monongahela National Forest's Seneca Creek trail system. However, the mountain and its surrounding wild area in Seneca Creek to the west is just too small to offer any real opportunities for serious backpacking.

An observation tower allows visitors to Spruce Knob to see over the low scrubby trees of the flat summit area (1984-06-02).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2781 ft/848 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 2801 ft/854 m
  Line Parent: Grandfather Mountain
  Key Col: Riner, VA    2080 ft/634 m
Isolation175.4 mi/282.29 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Third Peak  (SW)
Isolation Limit Point: 36° 40' 19'' N; 81° 27' 54'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Appalachian Plateaus (Highest Point)
Range4: Allegheny Mountains (Highest Point)
Range5: Spruce Mountain Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Spruce Mountain (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsSouth Branch Potomac (HP)
Potomac (HP)
Chesapeake Bay
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Monongahela National Forest (Highest Point)/Spruce Knob National Recreation Area (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Spruce Knob Unit NRA
Topo MapSpruce Knob O38079f5 1:24,000
Route #1 Dirt Road: Spruce Knob Road
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Other Photos

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Andrew on Spruce Knob, WV (2014-04-15). Photo by Graeme Rankine.
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Number eleven! (2014-06-29). Photo by Ronald Land.
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The geodetic marker at Spruce Knob. The tower is much higher and with a much better view (2014-07-16). Photo by Chuck Engle.
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