Explore the most popular walking trails near Riverton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Spruce Knob Loop

3 days ago

It's a beautiful hike that essentially takes in a circle around the summit. It's not strenous or challenging at all, it's more meant for someone that drove up to the summit to look around and see some more views. I think it took my wife and I 15-20 min with stopping to take pictures. Overall nice views, but if you're looking for a hike it's a little short.

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!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail that has lots of scenery and waterfalls. Campsites are plentiful and very nice. Only negative I saw was it seemed a lot of people that hike there let their dogs run loose. I had mine with me on a leash and had some sketchy moments when multiple dogs would crowd around her. Thankfully she did well and didn’t get aggressive ...with the wrong dog it could easily end up being a bad situation. If you can’t control your dog with voice commands they need to be on a leash. But other than that it was a great day to be out in the WV hills.

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.

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

Went May18-19. Overnight.
Lots of rain week prior and the night of, creeks were high and fast making crossing challenging, especially at night. Camped above main falls. Beautiful hike out despite wet feet for 10 miles. (there and back)

Beautiful in the winter.
Went Dec. 31st solo for an over night. Temps in the teens, singles over night, foot of snow, creek and falls almost completely frozen. Amazing nook to camp under right next the main falls.
Be careful, cell service is zero. Cold weather is breathtaking, but dangerous.

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.

Great level trail. Great camping. Lots of water falls

absolutely breathtaking

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

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

camping
10 months ago

Beautiful place for backcountry camping

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked in on allegheny trail to Seneca falls for some fly fishing...easy hike in until you get to the falls...the trail kind of disappears at that point and becomes difficult to follow...the fishing on Seneca creek is always great.

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

One of the most picturesque trails I've ever been on. Did the whole trail and back which took about 4 hrs maybe a little less.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

We logged a 11.4 mile roundtrip with my GPS. This trail is well used and in good shape. There are areas of mud. On the route to the big waterfall there are many other small ones along the trail. There are many camp sites for overnight stays, most are set up with rock crafted seats and firepits. Five Star Trail for scenery alone!

backpacking
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.

backpacking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Very pleasant hike with wide trails and periodic stream crossings. The elevation change wasn't super challenging. Very few people in the morning, but definitely busier in the afternoon

backpacking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is a great trail with some beautiful views.

backpacking
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!

hiking
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.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We hiked this trail from the Seneca Creek trail to get back to the Huckleberry trail. We saw the sign for the trail and crossed the footbridge over the river but then had a bit of trouble finding the trail as there isn't another blaze until further up the trail. We went up the hill on what looked like a trail and took another path which led to a campsite and then eventually found the right trail which if I remember correctly was by the campsite and definitely to the left of the footbridge. It was pouring down rain which didn't help. The meadow had beautiful views but we weren't able to enjoy it as much with the rain and the trail became a stream. It would be nice to try this trail again in the fall.

on Seneca Creek Trail

backpacking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This was a beautiful trail with many great campsites. We started at the Huckleberry trailhead so we only hiked the northern section of the trail. This was definitely the busiest of all the trails. We had to cross the river three times, the deepest part was almost to our knees but the portion we hiked wasn't that difficult. The water was cold but not unbearable. I would love to visit again in the fall.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We took the Lumberjack trail from the Huckleberry trail. The trail was very muddy but the High Meadows trail and the campsite on Seneca trail were beautiful so it was worth hiking to get to it.

backpacking
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.

hiking
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.

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