Whispering Spruce NRT

The Whispering Spruce Trail circles Spruce Knob and the top of “The Mountain State.” At an elevation of 4,863 feet , Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia.

Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: At Spruce Knob within the Monongehela National Forest.
States: West Virginia
Counties: Pendleton
Latitude: 38.70139   Longitude: -79.53084

The trail is most easily reached from WV28/US33 north of the village of Circleville WV and Judy Gap. Just north of Judy Gap on WV28/US33 turn onto Briery Gap Rd (Pen 33/4), following the signs for Spruce Knob. Follow Briery Gap to forest road 112 and follow forest road 112 to forest road 104. Forest road 104 ends at Spruce Knob.


The Whispering Spruce Trail and Spruce Knob lie within the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest. The Whispering Spruce Trail provides access to the Spruce Knob Tower, several wonderful views, and a shady spruce forest. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long, graveled, and relatively flat with very little elevation change. There are several picnic sites located near the southeastern trailhead.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Rock, smooth

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 4,800
Elevation High Point: 4,840
Year Designated: 1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Cheat-Potomac Ranger District
North Zone Recreation Manager
USDA Forest Service
2499 North Fork Hwy
Petersburg , WV -2684
(304) 257-4488



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