Bickle Knob

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Coordinates: 38°56′03″N 79°43′53″W / 38.93417°N 79.73139°W / 38.93417; -79.73139
Bickle Knob
Summit
Bickle Knob - Looking Southwest.jpg
View looking southwest from Bickle Knob
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Randolph
Elevation 4,003 ft (1,220.1 m) [1]
Prominence 998 ft (304.2 m) [2]
Coordinates 38°56′03″N 79°43′53″W / 38.93417°N 79.73139°W / 38.93417; -79.73139
Owner Monongahela National Forest
Easiest access drive-up via Forest Route 91A.svg FR 91A
Topo map USGS Bowden
Nearest city Elkins, West Virginia
Location of Bickle Knob in West Virginia
Website: Bickle Knob Observation Tower

Bickle Knob is a mountain summit located east of Elkins in Randolph County, West Virginia. Easily accessible during warm-weather months, Bickle Knob is also home to one of the few remaining observation towers in Monongahela National Forest.

Observation Tower[edit]

The most prominent feature at Bickle Knob is its observation tower. Formerly a fire tower, the original cab has been removed and replaced with a wooden viewing platform. The observation tower provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area including the Shavers Fork River, Tygart Valley River valley, and the U.S. Route 33 crossing of Cheat Mountain. The tower is not handicapped-accessible.

Other facilities[edit]

A pit toilet is located at Bickle Knob. The site formerly featured a small picnic grounds, which have since been removed.

Accessing Bickle Knob[edit]

Bickle Knob is located at the end of Forest Route 91A, a spur from Stuart Memorial Drive (FR 91). Both roads are gravel but can easily be traversed by normal passenger cars. Stuart Memorial Drive is a scenic path as it traces the edge of the Shavers Fork canyon. Due to the high elevation of the area and the fact that FR 91 is not plowed in the winter,[3] the road may be hazardous when snow is present.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bickle Knob". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  2. ^ "West Virginia Summits". PeakList.org. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Bickle Knob Observation Tower". Monongahela National Forest. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-31.