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Attention: The unusually cold temperatures and late winter are delaying the opening of Spruce Knob Lake until May 9. The temps are too cold for starting water systems

SPRUCE KNOB LAKE, WV

part ofMonongahela National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 04 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Spruce Knob Lake Campground is tucked in a beautiful hardwood forest less than a mile from Spruce Knob Lake. The campground provides a peaceful setting with easy access to boating on the lake and hiking through the mountainous region.

Spruce Knob is the highest peak in West Virginia. A stone and steel observation tower is perched atop the peak, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the area.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on a wooded ridge overlooking the lake. To the east is 4,863' Spruce Knob. The vegetation atop Spruce Knob has adapted to a harsh, exposed environment. One-sided red spruce deformed by constant exposure to strong westerly winds cling to the high rocky ridges. Blueberry and huckleberry plants cover the ground.

Due to its location, the campground may experience cold fogs and strong winds year-round.

Recreation:

Sixty miles of picturesque hiking trails crisscross the region, and the campground provides direct access to the pleasant 1-mile Big Bend River Loop.

Trout fishing is available nearby at 25-acre Spruce Knob Lake, and in surrounding creeks. Facilities at the lake include a small boat ramp, parking area and vault toilets. A wooden pier along the shoreline provides barrier-free access to the lake.No swimming is allowed.

Facilities:

The campground has accessible vault toilets and a solar-powered system for drinking water. No electric hookups are available. Firewood is for sale on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The half-mile Whispering Spruce Trail circles Spruce Knob and provides panoramic views of the beautiful area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Trailer Parking
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit two vehicles per single site; a daily fee is charged for extra vehicles
  • Click here for more information on Monongahela National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.74972, -79.50028
38°44'59"N, 79°30'1"W

From Riverton, WV, take U.S. Route 33 south 2 miles to Briery Gap Road (County Road 33/4). Turn right onto Briery Gap Road. Go 2 miles to Forest Road 112, turn right and continue for 13.5 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 1. The campground is 1/2 mile on the right.

From Elkins, WV, take U.S. Route 33 to State Route 29, which is 1 mile west of Harman. Turn right onto SR 29, go south 18.6 miles and tum left onto Forest Road 1. Follow FR 1 for 2.5 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SPRUCE KNOB LAKE
SENECA ROCKS RECREATION AREA
RIVERTON WV 26814

Phone Number:

Information: (304)567-3082
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