Spruce Knob via Huckleberry Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.4 miElevation gain1,368 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This is an excellent length day hike that takes around 5.5 - 6 hours round trip to the Spruce Knob summit and back. There is light bushwhacking for the first mile and typical muddy portions of trail on Huckleberry. None of the land marks are difficult to find but it takes some mental toughness to continue when there seems to be no trail at the beginning of the trek. There is parking on the turnoff to the left.

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Robert Zielinski
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Did it jan 30,2021. About 1" snow on the road to trailhead, road was easily traversable with a 4x4 sedan. Also saw a FWD sedan make it for what it's worth, but I'm not sure I would be that brave. Trail itself was well packed for about the first 2-3ish miles then it became fresh snow. We did it in snow shoes but it would probably be possible with some effort (and sinking) without them. We had crampons but they turned out to be completely unnecessary. Great views at the top around whispering spruce trail. FYI the views from the observation tower are some of the least impressive!

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Andrew Eselby
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Nick Smith
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great Trail- please listen to the comments below. The trail can be very hard to find in the beginning and if you don’t make the turn off of the old fire road , you will just end up going God knows where. Bring trecking pole. It actually reminds me a lot of New Hampshire right before the summit with the rocks. Also, check out the gravel path that circles the summit for awesome views. They are also a ton of good back packing camps to stop at for a picnic if your doing a day hike.

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David Unsworth
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This is an interesting trail, but it is a bit of challenge to find where to park, and the left hand turn to the Huckleberry Trail, that many others have also mentioned. Internet is very spotty around here, so be prepared. The trail entrance itself is very poorly marked, and there is only space for 3 or 4 cars on the side of the road. Once you start, you will climb northward along an old (I assume) logging road. About 3/4 of a mile in, after you cross the creek, you will see on your left four or five large boulders. DON'T MISS THIS TURN. If you can just reach this point, the rest is easy because you can follow the excellently marked blue blazes on the Huckleberry Trail. The scenery is very interesting on this trail...particularly the moss/liverwort floor coverings. Some of it is dirt/pine needles, some very rocky, and some very rooty. Once you get up to the ridgeline, it is a very flat trail. It took about 2:45 up, and 2:00 down. At the top there is a nice observation tower, a lot of interesting scientific plaques, and there were also several para-gliders. All in all, this is a good moderate day hike. Also many good back country campsites along the trail, with firepits and plenty of flat ground for setting up a tent.

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Ryan Logrieco
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Got very lost on this trail, I went about 1 mile past the turn off for huckleberry trail. The Huckleberry trail splits off to the left of the service road and is denoted by a plastic blue diamond resting on a rock and a teepee looking stick structure placed in the middle of the service road. Took about 3 hrs up and 1.5 hrs down but I was moving quickly. Little snowy, minimal ice. Decent trail, not a lot to see until you reach the top.

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Ryan Logrieco
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Got very lost on this trail, I went about 1 mile past the turn off for huckleberry trail. The Huckleberry trail splits off to the left of the service road and is denoted by a plastic blue diamond resting on a rock and a teepee looking stick structure placed in the middle of the service road. Took about 3 hrs up and 1.5 hrs down but I was moving quickly. Little snowy, minimal ice. Decent trail, not a lot to see until you reach the top.

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Brandi Wooten
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Sridhar Patnam
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The real Huckleberry Trail as defined here doesn't actually start where it says. The access point is road #274 which is closed. There are only 2-3 cars that can be parked on the Road #112 and then 2 more on Road #274. You have to hike about 1.8 miles on an access trail to actually get to Huckleberry Trail. I picked this route as I wanted to first go up the mountain then come back down. One can start at Spruce Knob for better experience. After you hike the first 1.8 miles from your starting point, you hit the Huckleberry Trail at the marker. Going straight takes you to Lumberjack/Seneca Creek Trails. Going left takes you to Spruce Knob. Until you hit the trail marker, the path is narrow and overgrown with gradual elevation. The huckleberry trail to spruce knob itself is beautiful with lot of variations. It is not a smooth walk as you will need to walk on exposed pine tree roots and rocky trails. Take it slow to minimize the risk of twisted ankles. This trail has no Waterfalls, no Creeks to Cross and no mountain views. Lot of very good campsites for backpacking. If I had another chance, I would start at Spruce Knob instead, head towards Lumberjack, Seneca Creek and Judy Springs. This way you get to see waterfalls and creeks and skip the unnecessary 1.8 mile (3.6 total) access trail.

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Dawn Koder Simmons
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casey anderson
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

Beautiful trail. Beautiful day. Be warned, there are a lot of spider webs across the trail. I found a good stick and hiked a lot of the trail brandishing it ahead of me like I was practicing spells to defeat Voldemort. The view at the top was lovely, I wish I had brought a light jacket so I could have sat up there a bit longer. But I started about 9am. It was perfect to get to the top in time for lunch with a view. There are a lot of excellent campsites with fire rings along the path (but not a lot of water....) noting for future backpacking plans.

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Shaina Kopelov
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful, cloudy and misty day! The forest was absolutely enchanting. I will say the left turn off of the access road and onto the trail is not well marked, but thanks to other reviews we knew it was not far past the creek crossing. Further up the trail there were interesting intersections. Going up, always stay to the left and coming down always turn right. Overall beautiful gem of a trail here in Appalachia!

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Alex Schwartz
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Heather Clark
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail was beautiful. Full of gorgeous pine trees and mossy pathways. The trail can get rocky and muddy but it’s very manageable - even for the not so avid hiker. The one thing I will say is if you start the trail at the 274 access road, you will have to turn left to get on the trail before the end of the access road. My boyfriend and I went to the end of the road on the map and got temporarily lost. It’s very clear where people start the trail but there’s not a specific marker so keep a lookout to the left as you’re hiking on the access road.

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Tammy Stevens
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We came up from Seneca Creek Trail To Huckleberry Trail to Spruce Knob. Plenty of camping sites along Seneca Creek along with plenty of water to filter. If you can find Judy Springs, the water is AMAZING when filtered! It tastes so clean & icy cold! Camping up on Huckleberry Trail is also plentiful. We backpacked in and camped a few miles short of the Knob. Then we hiked up to the Knob in the morning and all the way back down. There were no water sources that we came across up top along Huckleberry Trail or at the Knob. There was only one "view" that we saw until we arrived at Spruce Knob. If you are coming from Seneca Creek Trial, right after you cross the bridge, there is a sign posted showing "Judy Spring Trail" is to the right...this sign is incorrect...You must go to the left. The path is up up up through open meadows. It is beautiful! If you go to the right, you will lose what you think is the trail and have to climb up the mountain without a trail and guess when and where you come out. This happened to us and to three other hiking pairs. Garmin InReach said our entire hike for the two days was 27.83 miles.

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Hawley Harrigan
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Use the gps because you hike a forest road and cut across to the trail. Great hike though!

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Lauren Rosapep
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I’m not sure if it’s because it’s relatively late in the summer (Sept 2) but the “bushwhacking” at the beginning really wasn’t anything to be concerned about. Neither was the mud, but we had just hiked the Dolly Sods the day before so it’s all relative. Thanks to the helpful reviews we also didn’t have trouble finding the trailhead off the forest road. It’s about .15 miles from the stream crossing so once you do that list keep an eye out on the left. Once you’re on the Huckleberry Trail you’ll go about a mile or so before you encounter a confusing intersection where there are two Huckleberry Trail signs. Just veer left and you’ll be on your way. From there it’s a very gentle incline to the top where you’ll find some very nice views. Just know that the observation tower weirdly does NOT provide 360 degree views. Overall though we had a nice, satisfying time!

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Patricia Campos Scuderi
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So beautiful.

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Chrissy Ferreira
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Nikki Larson-Kostelnick
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Olivia Richardson
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If you park at the 274 marker, for about 1.2 miles you will be bushwhacking. The blue marker to get on the trail is to left and you will need to keep an eye out for it. There are a few large rocks uphill where the marker is. Scramble up the rock area to get on the trail. Don’t keep walking on the bushwhacking area or you will have to turn around (luckily we did not have to). We stopped every now and then and enjoyed the scenery. The top of the trail was worth the trek, but once we got back to the 274 marker on the side of the road we were happy to see our car and get off our feet. There’s more parking at the top, and limited where we were. But hiking to the views was what we wanted to do to make it worth it. Lots of horseflies!! Definitely make sure you have bug spray.

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