Spruce Knob is within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which in turn is part of Monongahela National Forest. It was the first National Recreation Area designated by the U.S. Forest Service and includes more than 100,000 acres.
There are over 75 miles of hiking trails around the mountain and a small 25-acre lake well stocked with trout on the west side of the mountain. Two campgrounds are also on the mountain. And most importantly (atleast for our purposes!), with some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, Spruce Knob (the highest point in West Virginia) is stargazing central. The Mountain Center Observatory makes it easy to spot planets, stars and galaxies.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!