Seneca Shadows Recreation Area contains
Seneca Shadows Campground, the newest campground in the Spruce Knob-Seneca
Rocks National Recreation Area. Many sites offer outstanding views
of the 900 foot Seneca Rocks. This campground is a popular base
camp for visitors while traveling through the Potomac Highlands.
Fishing, rock climbing and sightseeing are a few of the many activities
available in the area. An outdoor amphitheater hosts weekend programs.
Camp Run Campground,
located in the Sweedlin Valley, is ideal for people who want
solitude without the usual campground amenities. First come, first
served. No reservations.
Spruce Knob - At 4,861 feet, it is the highest point in West
Virginia. As you travel the 10 miles from base to peak, notice how
the vegetation chances from hardwoods to alpine flora. Enjoy the
360 degree views of the Monongahela National Forest and the Middle
Mountain Range. The Spruce Knob Area offers hikers a vast backcountry
to explore. Nearly 70 miles of trails wind through stands of red
spruce, open meadows and along fast-flowing mountain streams. Northern
hardwood forests of maple, beech, birch, cherry and other trees
cover most of the area creating a brilliant display of fall color.
This area provides cool shade in the summer with many opportunities
to see spring and summer wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.
Elevation ranges from 3,000 feet to over 4,800 feet above sea level.
Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Snow can be
expected anytime from October through April. The Forest Roads are
not maintained during the winter, so call ahead for weather and
Spruce Knob Picnic
Area is located on FS 104, which is the road to the top of Spruce
Knob. The Spruce Knob Road is reached via FS 112.
Knob Picnic Area
Spruce Knob Lake Campground is located in a beautiful mixed
hardwood forest near the 25-acre Spruce Knob Lake and within view
of Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia. The lake is
regularly stocked for trout fishing. A valid WV State Fishing License
is required along with a National forest stamp and a trout stamp.
Contact the WV Division of Natural Resources for more information
on fishing and hunting licensing requirements. Fishing is available
at nearby Spruce Knob Lake and in Gandy Creek. The campground contains
43 spacious and mostly barrier free campsites including 12 walk-in
sites with vault toilets and potable water at hand pumps. Each site
has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. Most sites also
have level parking spurs and a tent pad. Some double sites are available.
There are no electrical hookups or dump stations. Campers pay fees
at a self-service station.
For hunting and
fishing regulations, as well as additional recreation information,
Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Brandywine Lake Recreation Area is a picturesque area featuring
swimming, fishing, camping, and picnicking. Brandywine Lake is 10
acres in size and offers a sandy beach, swimming area and changing
rooms. Boats without motors are welcome beyond the swimming area.
The lake offers fishing for stocked trout and is encircled by an
anglers' trail. A West Virginia fishing license is required to fish
in the lake.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory - The National Radio Astronomy
Observatory (NRAO) is a research facility of the U.S. National Science
Foundation. They provide state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities
for use by the scientific community. They conceive, design, build,
operate and maintain radio telescopes used by scientists from around
the world. Scientists use these facilities to study virtually all
types of astronomical objects known, from planets and comets in
the Solar System to quasars and galaxies billions of light-years