View from Gaudineer Knob
|Part of||Shavers Mountain|
|Elevation||4,432 ft (1,350.9 m) |
|Prominence||720 ft (219.5 m) |
|Management||Monongahela National Forest|
|Owner||USDA Forest Service|
|Easiest access||drive-up via FR 27A|
|Topo map||USGS Durbin|
|Nearest city||Durbin, West Virginia|
|Website: Gaudineer Scenic Area|
Gaudineer Knob is a mountain summit on the Randolph/Pocahontas County line in eastern West Virginia, USA. It is the highest elevation (4,432 ft/1,351 m) of Shavers Mountain, a ridge of the Alleghenies, and is located about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) east of the town of Cheat Bridge. The Gaudineer Knob Lookout Tower, an important US Forest Service (USFS) fire tower, formerly occupied the crown of the knob.
The knob had been a prominent, but unnamed, peak in a vast wilderness when in the late 1930s it was named in memory of Donald Gaudineer, one of the USFS’s early rangers in the Monongahela National Forest (MNF). As a young forester, Gaudineer had been assigned to the Southern District of the recently established MNF. His headquarters at that time occupied the former Craig Lumber Company office at Thornwood. During his years as ranger for the Greenbrier District, Gaudineer oversaw reforestation projects, the building of roads to enhance wildfire protection, the erection of fire towers in his district, and various other routine forest management activities. In the mid-1930s Gaudineer was transferred to the Cheat Ranger District, at Parsons, and on April 27, 1936, he was killed while attempting to rescue his children from a house fire. The USFS selected the scenic peak east of Cheat Bridge (in his former ranger district) as a fitting memorial.
Gaudineer Knob Lookout Tower
Only the concrete footers remain from the fire tower that from 1936 through the 1970s surveyed the forest landscape surrounding Gaudineer Knob.
Gaudineer Scenic Area
The 140-acre (57 ha) Gaudineer Scenic Area is situated immediately north of Gaudineer Knob at about 4,000 feet (1,200 m) elevation. It was established in 1964 and was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1974 owing to a 50-acre (20 ha) virgin red spruce stand that was spared the lumberman’s saw when the surrounding countryside was clear-cut in the early 20th Century.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gaudineer Knob
- "West Virginia Summits". PeakList.org. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
- Carvell, Kenneth A. (September 1999). "Gaudineer Knob and Its Namesake". Wonderful West Virginia magazine. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. 63 (11). Retrieved 2008-04-21.
- Beanblossom, Robert. "Donald R. Gaudineer". West Virginia Encyclopedia. West Virginia Humanities Council. Retrieved May 31, 2016.