Spruce Knob via Huckleberry Trail

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Spruce Knob via Huckleberry Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Riverton, West Virginia and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.4 miles
1,368 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running


5 days ago

great time . made a 15 mile loop from here

3 months ago

The trail/fire road from the main road is very overgrown and flooded in some areas. Huckleberry trail can be easily missed. I had to circle back after missing it, and noticed the red marker only from the opposite side of the trail. Huckleberry was less muddy but still a lot of wet spots. It started snowing on my trip and it was beautiful. A lot flatter than I expected for a high point, but the 11.5 mile trek was still tiring. Took me just under 5 hours with lots of stops for pictures along the way and at the top.

6 months ago

The trail was relatively well marked. There were a couple spots that we had to question whether we were pushing forward in the correct direction. We also were hiking this trail through a huge rain storm so it was fairly flooded in areas.

We set out to hike this to the spruce knob summit but were discouraged by the overgrown beginning of the trail. This was early July and the growth was as tall as me and we stepped in a huge mud puddle right past the gate. The map we were given at the spruce knob lake campground had the only trailhead at the summit going down. If you are willing to do some serious bushwhacking I’m sure it’s worth it. If we had come earlier in the season or closer to fall I’m sure it would be fine but mid summer it was like no one had hiked this trail in years!

6 months ago

The native bleeding heart are in bloom right now and gorgeous along the trail! Not too hard just long & a bit hard to follow like others have said.

7 months ago

Trail was pretty nice and not too steep, very gradual incline. It did get confusing because we followed map on here and it’s not marked well. If coming down the mountain like I was about 4 miles in there is a 90 degree turn and a small path leading the opposite direction, take that one. The trail less followed is the way to go and it was very grown up on this part of trail. The first half I really enjoyed though. All in all I enjoyed it and great views at the top.

7 months ago

Hiked this trail May 28, 2018. Trail head is not marked but it is easy enough to find at the Forest Service Road 274 junction. Trail has some unique features and is quite enjoyable. Water was prevalent so be prepared for very soggy ground in places. There are no markings on first part of trail that follows an old fire trail. Finding the turn off of the fire trail is difficult. There is orange flagging and a small rock stack but it is easy to miss. The turn is approximately 100 - 125 yards beyond where a large culvert pipe (about four feet in diameter) has been washed out. Turn left up the embankment past a line of large boulders. From that point the trail gets narrow but eventually blue placards become common. There are some fantastic views off the north side of the ridge if you take very short aside trails. Saw some great wildlife as well as some exceptional plant varieties. Enjoy

9 months ago

Did this a while back in September and forgot to review. Great hike and relatively easy gradient to the summit. The total hike took around 5.5 hours to complete. The views from the summit tower looked amazing and you were able to see all the various colors of the trees in the distance as it was the beginning of fall. Trail is well marked and very easy to follow and a rewarding way to summit West Virginia’s highpoint.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

absolutely breathtaking

Sunday, December 10, 2017

backpacked down from top of spruce knobs the camped 2 nights on river hiked the trails beautiful scenery, waterfalls and campsites. hiked up and out hard hike but worth it

Sunday, October 01, 2017

The trail is awesome , the views and camping areas along Seneca creek made for an unforgettable experience

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This is an excellent length day hike that takes around 5.5 - 6 hours round trip to the Spruce Knob summit and back, covering 10.4 miles (we had 10.9 with my extra walking around the summit, etc). I'd say ages 11 and up, depending on physical maturity, can do this hike. Not difficult except for the light bushwacking for the first mile and typical muddy portions of trail on Huckleberry.

Our family has made a tradition out of bagging eastern state high points over the past few years vacations. Spruce Knob was our 12th since 2014. We typically like the 6-8 mie variety with the exceptions of 10.4 on Hunt Trail at Baxter Peak/Katahdin and 2 miles for Hoye Crest in MD (this week, also). As you can imagine, the referenced 16 mile hike was a no-go for us as we typically travel a bit less than 2 mph given all of the stops and time at the summit. Fortunately for us, through a lot of online digging, we found an "unofficial" track that leads to the tight bend in the Huckleberry Trail, making a summit round trip right at 10.4 mi. I can't find the original post, but someone had provided a GPS track that started at Forest Road 274 off of FR 112. And, this is what we went with.

None of the land marks are difficut to find but it takes some mental toughness to continue when there seems to be no trail at the beginning of the trek. My mileage numbers were from US 33 E, right on Briery Gap Rd then 2.4 mi to Forest Road 112 then 2.6 miles to Forest Rd 274 on the right. This is actually not a drivable road and is gated just up from 112. We parked on the turnoff to the left, but you could also probably park at the entrance of 274, as long as you left enough space of a park service truck to enter (though it looks like that hasn't happened for some time). Anyway, we were a bit unsure as the road/trail was completely overgrown with weeds, etc. except for a thin path around the right-hand post of the gate. We were baited and started our hike. The night before, my daughter was researching this route and found some information in a post that my hours of research hadn't (yes, that's how much we like to hike to the summit instead of drive) - the exit from the forest road onto a connector trail to Huckleberry Trail was "1/4 mile past a stream crossing the road, with a white pipe, some orange flags, and big boulders." As we hiked along, not knowing how long we were supposed to be on the forest road, we saw a lot of big boulders, but none of the other landmarks. We did pass a large silver unearthed culvert at a stream, but continued on since the flags and boulders were missing. At around 1 mile we did cross a stream, and low and behold found after .12 miles orange marker tape on a tree, a possible trail in to the woods and boulders. This was the victory we needed and I was now confident we would have a successful ascent. To be noted, the track up the forest road is not well trod and I was bushwacking with a stick, though the track was apparent, it wasn't obvious, and could easily get overgrown. The GPS track I had printed had some switch backs on the way up to Huckleberry, but we did not hike these. The new trail was definite and clearly cut, though at times very tight due to rhododendron infringing on the trail. Less than a half mile later we were at the "point" in the Huckleberry Trail where it drops down on the trail map, then almost doubles back up. There was a well weathered sign pointing Trail 533 straight ahead and to the left (from where we had come from). We debated for a minute, mostly because it seemed we reached the trail too quickly) then decided to turn left and headed up. This was the correct route and we summitted around 3.5 miles later.

This is not a difficult hike - no difficult uphills but just mostly roots, rocks at some points, and the typical muddy trail sections, though none long. I would recommend hiking boots just to keep your feet dry and not have to worry so much about hiking around the mud - it's the typicaly pine needle-infused mud that you don't sink too deep into - usually. Oh, also, FR 274 had some wet spots, too.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Did this one in Feb of this year. Pretty smooth down to Seneca creek where we camped by a beautiful water fall. The only negative on the way down is Lumberjack rd. It was a swampy mess and was feet were soaked by the time we got to the end. The next morning it was a 6 mile hike back out and its straight up. Probably the only time I have ever longed for switch backs. Lol. All things considered I really enjoyed the loop...16 miles round trip ...second day taxes you pretty good summiting Spruce Knob but good mix of easy and hard.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Beautiful views with a good mixture of scenery. Heading down the mountain was not very challenging but if you use lumberjack trail I highly recommend wearing boots. It is a sloppy mess.

Once we made it to the creek, there are plenty of campsites with the peaceful sound of the creek in the background. We returned back up the mountain on Judy springs trail. This was by far the biggest challenge of the entire hike. The elevation gain just on this trail is grueling. This portion is why this hike is considered hard.

We felt very accomplished when we completed it and will most definitely be visiting again.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This trail starts on a fireroad just off the main road. The part when the trail goes from fireroad to trail is easy to miss and we ended up having to bushwhack our way almost to the where the trail meets the huckleberry trail. On the fireroad, less than a quarter mile after you cross the stream and white drainage tunnel, there are orange plastic flags off to the left and six or seven large boulders, the trail into the woods starts there and although switch backs are noted on the trail, we didn't encounter any. It was an enjoyable, semi challenging trail with nice views at the top. There are multiple boggy and rocky areas so waterproof hiking shoes are a must

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is a downhill trail that, at time can be taxing on your legs, but with the gorgeous views, it's one of my favorites!

Monday, June 05, 2017

We hiked 15 miles today. The beginning of the huckleberry trail is hard to find. it's beautiful, and a nice temperature. it was hard to look around at the scenery in order to be sure of your footing. make sure to wear lots of ankle support.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We started at the Huckleberry trailhead and hiked until we got to the Lumberjack trail where we turned right. We passed the plane crash and headed to Seneca Creek trail to set up camp. The trail was foggy and mossy and there were nice meadow areas. There were a lot of rocks and roots to navigate and after the rain the next day the trail was wet and muddy for the hike back to the car. It was a pretty trail.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

This trail is not for cars at all, there is just a road that runs parallel to it about a mile away. The top part is about 4-5 miles and is pretty flat with a lot of rocks. Very cool trail.

scenic driving
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

12 mile drive to the top. Beautiful views to stop and take photos. 17 miles if you want to stop at the lake and go for a hike or fish. Enjoy.

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Came here on the last day of my weekend in WV, drove up the mountain and then walked the short trail to the look out tower. Loved all the trees and the thistles that were in bloom. However the best part of the whole experience was getting to see an adolescent black bear cross the road right in front of me on my drive back down the mountain, absolutely amazing! Really want to come back and walk some of the longer trails.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Very enjoyable trail. We left the summit and hiked down Huckleberry Trail 4.7 miles, then took a right on Lumberjack Trail. After about a mile on Lumberjack we found debris from the airplane hanging in the tree on the left side as we traveled. From there it's a 30 second hike into the woods downhill to the crash site.
Round trip it was just under 5 hours. We had our 10 year old with us. The hike was mostly wooded, with not many vistas but still beautiful. We met many other hikers. There was no a lot of elevation change, and most of the hike was fairly flat. The footing was the challenge. Much of it was either roots or rocks. I wore my running shoes but if I do it again I will wear my hiking boots for a little harder sole. Forget about cell service, so either take a map or GPS. I lost cell service along the drive and was able to find the summit by following the signs.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hiked twice, just didn't have this app and cell coverage was very poor.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

By far my favorite trail on the east coast. I've done this hike in every season, even trekking in on the snow covered roads just to sleep on snow at the first campsite just off the parking lot. You will cross mountainside meadows, sleep by waterfalls, and if you know where to look, investigate a plane crash from the 70s. I highly recommend this trail.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I loved it. Can't wait to return on a nice day.

scenic driving
Monday, November 30, 2015

What a beautiful spot. I am amazed that the highest point in West Virginia is less than 5000 feet. It seems so vertical all over the state. It was raining hard by the time I got here so all the fun stuff will need to be on the next visit. And yes, there will be a next visit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nice area to hike and enjoy views of West Virginia. Only crowded around the easy-to-access summit near a parking area...but the best spots aren't busy.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

It was cloudy the day I was there but it was still beautiful.

18 days ago

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