Spice Run Wilderness

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Spice Run Wilderness
Part of Monongahela National Forest
Wilderness Area
Greenbrier River-27527.jpg
The Greenbrier River (shown here downstream at Anthony) forms the western boundary of the wilderness.
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Greenbrier, Pocahontas
Elevation 1,965 ft (598.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 38°02′35″N 80°13′59″W / 38.04306°N 80.23306°W / 38.04306; -80.23306Coordinates: 38°02′35″N 80°13′59″W / 38.04306°N 80.23306°W / 38.04306; -80.23306
Highest point Slabcamp Mountain [2]
 - location east of Droop Mountain
 - elevation 3,284 ft (1,001.0 m) [3]
 - coordinates 38°01′39″N 80°12′01″W / 38.02750°N 80.20028°W / 38.02750; -80.20028 [3]
Lowest point Greenbrier River
 - location south of Spice Run
 - elevation 1,949 ft (594.1 m) [4]
 - coordinates 38°01′56″N 80°14′19″W / 38.03222°N 80.23861°W / 38.03222; -80.23861
Area 6,030 acres (2,440.3 ha) [5]
Established 2009 [6]
Management Monongahela National Forest
Owner U.S. Forest Service
IUCN category Ib - Wilderness Area
Topo map USGS Denmar
Nearest city Denmar, West Virginia
Location of Spice Run Wilderness in West Virginia
Website: Monongahela National Forest Wilderness Areas

Spice Run Wilderness (SRW) is a U.S. Wilderness area within the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia in the United States. The remote area has no passenger car access.


Users of SRW must enter it via the Greenbrier River (easily fordable at low-normal flows upstream of Spice Run), or by hiking in from the adjacent Calvin Price State Forest, or by driving a high-clearance vehicle to the southeastern corner of the Wilderness along Greenbrier County Route 16.[7]


Spice Run was named after a native shrub, Lindera benzoin — known as "spicebush" or "spicewood". The Spice Run Lumber Company created a logging boom town that harvested stands of timber to float down the Greenbrier River for the sawmills. So great were these log runs, that the waterways were choked.

In 2009, Spice Run was designated a Wilderness along with several other areas of Monongahela National Forest.[6]


Aside from Spice Run, the Davy Run and Kincaid Run watersheds are within the Spice Run Wilderness. All three are native brook trout tributaries to the Greenbrier River. Besides fishing, camping, hiking, botany and bird watching are popular activities. There are at least 230 species of birds to watch. Nine animals are on the Federal list for endangered species or threatened species such as the northern flying squirrel.[citation needed]

Across the Greenbrier River rests the Greenbrier River Trail, maintained by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Greenbrier Subdivision. This portion still shows traces of the old lumber-mill on the banks where the flow of logs was controlled. Of the original community of Spice Run, only one house remains standing.


  1. ^ "Spice Run". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-06-27. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Spice Run Wilderness Fact Sheet". Wilderness.net. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b Denmar, West Virginia quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic). U.S. Geological Survey. 1995. ISBN 978-0-607-90810-7. 
  4. ^ "Davy Run". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-06-27. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Spice Run Wilderness Map". U.S. Forest Service. 2008-03-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  7. ^ Steelhammer, Rick (2009-10-31). "Spice Run Wilderness: Truly wild, wonderful West Virginia". Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 

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