Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
|Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area|
|Part of Monongahela National Forest|
|National Recreation Area|
|- elevation||1,923 ft (586.1 m)|
|Highest point||Spruce Knob|
|- location||northwest of Circleville|
|- elevation||4,863 ft (1,482.2 m)|
|Lowest point||South Branch Potomac River|
|- location||west of Petersburg|
|- elevation||968 ft (295 m)|
|Area||100,000 acres (40,468.6 ha) |
|Management||Monongahela National Forest|
|Owner||US Forest Service|
|Nearest city||Seneca Rocks, West Virginia|
|Website: Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area|
The National Recreation Area protects three prominent West Virginia landmarks:
- Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia (and the highest of the Allegheny Mountains) with a summit elevation of 4,863 feet (1482 m).
- Seneca Rocks, a 900 foot (270 m) high quartzite crag popular with rock climbers.
- Smoke Hole Canyon, a canyon along the South Branch Potomac River.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks NRA was established by an act of the U.S. Congress on September 28, 1965 as the first National Recreation Area in a United States National Forest. It is therefore administered by the US Forest Service rather than the National Park Service, as most other National Recreation Areas are.
- Monongahela National Forest: Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, accessed July 23, 2013.
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