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West Virginia and Western Virginia Highlands Overnight

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Spruce Knob & Seneca Creek

Western, WV 26814

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This 2-day overnight outing will have us exploring some special areas in the Monongahela
National Forest in West Virginia. We will camp at Gatewood Campground, which sits at an
elevation of 4,300 feet on a former fire tower site not far from Spruce Knob, the highest point in
West Virginia.

The Spruce Knob and Seneca Creek Backcountry area offers a vast backcountry to explore.
Nearly 60 miles of trails wind through stands of red spruce, northern hardwood forests, open
meadows and along fast-flowing mountain streams. This area also has some of the darkest night
skies east of the Mississippi, so with the new moon and some clear sky luck our campground also
offers great star gazing.

Saturday's circuit hike will combine the Allegheny, North Prong and Big Run trails, three of the
most beautiful trails in the area, for a total distance of 6 ½ miles. We will pass through a variety of
habitats from tall hardwood and spruce forests, to several small ridge tops and some extensive
beaver meadows at the bottom of a wild valley. As the trail has one steep section of about 1/2
mile at the very end, the hike is rated as moderate in difficulty.

We will select Sunday’s hike from several options, either on Spruce Knob or along the way home.
Plan to bring the basics for overnight car camping and day hiking. Dinner on Saturday evening is
pot-luck, bring a prepared appetizer, entrée or dessert to share. For Sunday morning, bring your
own quick breakfast. There is a vault toilet at the campground, but there is no drinking water
available, so plan to bring water for drinking, cooking and personal use. We will provide stoves
and fuel. A full list of required gear for this outing will be provided.

Additional details including start time and directions will be provided about a week before the
hike. If you have any questions, please contact David Sellers at davidsellers@hotmail.com or
(434) 760-4809.

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