Spruce Knob is located in the Monongahela National Forest, near Elkins, West Virginia. In addition to gorgeous scenery, the area supplies activities and attractions for the entire family.
Avid birders will find plenty to look for in the area. Check out the Seneca Rocks Audubon Society list of recent sightings and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Birding Opportunities page, so you can get working on that life list.
Caving - Is now allowed again!
The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead a trip to a local Shenandoah cave. After many years of caves being closed for fear of spreading White Nose Syndrome in bats, it has been determined that caving is not a contributing factor. TMI staff will lead two caving trips on Monday. Prepare to get muddy!
Spruce Knob lake is regularly stocked with trout by the Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Campsites are available.
There’s plenty of hiking around Spruce Knob itself, and other nearby trails include Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Falls State Park, the Otter Creek Wilderness area, and the 80-mile Greenbrier River Trail.
Mountain bikes are encouraged and are a fun way to get around the Almost Heaven Star Party. Serious mountain bikers may be interested in the Spruce Knob trail (difficult), the Seneca Creek loop (easy), the Bother Ridge Trail (moderate), or the Greenbrier River Trail (easy).
Rafting & canoeing
Seneca Rocks is a striking quartzite formation rising 900 feet above the North Fork River. Popular with experienced rock climbers, there is also a 1.3-mile hiking trail to a viewing platform for non-climbers. A visitor’s center at the base of the formation provides cultural and geologic history for the area. Seneca Rocks is only about a 20-minute drive from the Almost Heaven Star Party.