The High Places of the Earth, Part VI

West Virginia's Highest Point

A road leads to within a few steps of the top. Not much hiking necessary! Notice the Colt's Foot growing along the road--It had bloomed nearly a month earlier in Salem.Spruce Knob
   Elevation 4,863 feet (1482 meters)

Visiting Spruce Knob was just a dream for a long time–until last weekend! Thank you! to everyone who made it possible—and for Spruce Knob Lake is where we did most of our hiking.hiking through the windy wilderness with me.

By the way, how does West Virginia’s highest point compare with other “high places” in the US???

Highest Points of the Eastern States:

  1. Isaiah 58:13-14North Carolina: 6,684 ft (Mount Mitchell)
  2. Tennessee: 6,643 ft (Clingmans Dome)
  3. Virginia: 5,729 ft (Mount Rogers)
  4. West Virginia: 4,863 ft (Spruce Knob)
  5. Georgia: 4,784 ft (Brasstown Bald)
  6. Maryland 3,360 (Backbone Mountain)
  7. Pennsylvania: 3,213 (Mount Davis)

Jonathan did a good part of the driving for us.And it is interesting to note that . . .

Beyond the somewhat lower elevations of Pennsylvania, New England’s highest points by state are in the exact same height range:

Along the way there were sheep in the high meadows. It reminded us of you all, Kowalchuks!New Hampshire = about 6,300 ft;

New York & Maine = about 5,300 ft.

Vermont = about 4,300 ft.

Also . . .

Picnicing among the spruce trees.

– West of the Mississippi River, states with comparable highest points to West Virginia are: North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

– The far western states and Hawaii boast An overlook is a picture of the way God invites us to "come up and see things as they are from His perspective"! many points approaching three times the height of Spruce Knob (over 13,000).

– Mount McKinley in Alaska, the highest point in North America at 20,320 ft., is 4.18 times the height of Spruce Knob; only South It wasn't Dad and Mom's first time here :)America and Asia have points higher than this.

– And believe it or not, mean (average) elevations are relatively close for all of the following states: Oklahoma (1,300 ft.) West Virginia (1,500 ft.) Texas (1,700 ft.), Alaska Beside the overlook tower, this heap of rocks marks the highest ground location. (1,900 ft.), and Kansas (2,000)—all well below the national average, about 2,500 ft.

So, let us know if you want to join us next time, hiking Wild Wonderful West Virginia.
On the return trip we stopped by Seneca Rocks too.Yes, that black dot at the very top is a climber! God grant us each the grace to climb our mountains! Isaiah 55:9


  1. Esther Staddon April 20, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    That was a really fun family day for sure enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

  2. James April 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Neat stuff to know! Because WV is known as the Mountain State, I find it interesting that the average elevation is only 1,500ft. Guess it’s more like the Hilly State. 🙂 And in case you didn’t know already, I’m looking forward to the next WV hike with you all!

  3. Michael April 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Not only was the scenery breathtaking at our destinations, but all along the way – through the farmland, mountains, forests, it was a trip to remember. There was so much we could have stopped to photograph. It was a trip I didn’t have time for, but will never regret!

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