Whispering Spruce Trail and Spruce Knob is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

Length0.6 miElevation gain29 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsWildlife
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Michael Damanski
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Kwyjibo Anderson
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy trail to observation tower and overlooks.

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Cherie Shoemaker
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Hiking

Great start up the mountain. Extemely rocky and steep on the other half of the loop.

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Kate Elizabeth
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Walking

Super easy trail with what I suspect are awesome views. Went on 10/17 and it was snowing like crazy. Still super peaceful up there. It’s paved and flat from the top parking lot, though there are plenty of ways to make it a more difficult hike by starting lower.

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Mitchell Henry
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Rock climbing
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PaulandJaime Strayer
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Hiking

This was the Whispering Spruce trail at Spruce Knob. Excellent walk in the woods- almost like an enchanted forest in the snow. Perfect views and perfect weather.

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Jonathan Crocker
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Hiking

Beautiful trail between the Spruce, with lots of miss covered boulders. Very different from other hikes in the area. Great views, obviously.

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Grishma Valliyod
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One of the most beautiful trails I've ever done. it was more of a walk around the summit. you have benches to sit and enjoy the views. Also some interesting trees and flowers.

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Evan Contorchick
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Hiking
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Keenan Stoic
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Vincent Ruder
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Hiking

Nice path although full of water when we walked it in the pouring rain. We also missed the views everyone raves about. We will have to come back and check them out on a clear day. Disappointed that there was no clear marker where actual high point is.

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William Bogard
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Hiking

Short, well-maintained, flat, and pretty vistas.

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Sara Hendrickson
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Hiking

Very short trail but amazing views!

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Tiffany Tee
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HikingGreat!
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Reid S.E.
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Hiking
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stanislav sannikov
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Hiking

nice and easy walk of you are hangover, can get crowded so come early

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Amb Herr
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Simple and serene, offering spectacular views!

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Alexis Marietta
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HikingGreat!
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Jen A
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Hiking

Easy gravel loop with multiple outlooks with amazing views!

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Brittany N.
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Hiking

Easy gravel loop with spectacular views! Don’t miss it!

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Jessica Woodrum
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This is a super small trail packed with amazing views! Don't just stop at the observation tower. Do the little.loop..so worth it!

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D. Woo
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Jimmie Hite
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Great little hike. The pathway is graveled for the easiest of access to some great views. The observation tower isn't quiet as great as one would hoped, though.

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Heather/Andy Garman
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Ted W
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HikingGreat!

Great short trail! Easily accessible to all and the views are stunning. Walk the trail.... Don't stop at just the observation tower!

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Kimberly Coble
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Hiking

Wow. One of my best short hikes. It has a tower and several look outs with benches close by to take in the views. Nice gravel and maintained trail.

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Jim Kelly
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Hiking

Amazing views from the highest point in West Virginia. The actual observation tower has some trees that block the view into the valley but is still great. There are other viewing platforms that have phenomenal views!

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Justin Bowe
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Hiking

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. It’s very easy - no inclines, and there are multiple sweeping overlooks. You feel like you’re in a medieval forest here - major Lord of the Rings vibes. Spruce Knob certainly isn’t the highest peak in the Appalachians, but there’s just something special about it. Although it’s a few thousand feet shorter than Mt. Mitchell or Clingman’s Dome, it stands among them as a beautiful, rewarding peak with an enchanted covering of spruce trees. There’s a rock spot that descends to a grassy section with large boulders, but that’s off-trail.

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