Bickle Knob

Getting There: Stuart Memorial Drive

Located minutes from Elkins, travel on Route 33 toward Stuart Memorial Drive. This 10-mile drive through the Monongahela National Forest encapsulates so much of what is unique and representative of these public lands – spectacular views from the Bickle Knob Observation Tower, unique limestone geology, trailheads into Otter Creek Wilderness Area, iconic red spruce forest, luxurious roadside rhododendron blooms, a quaint campground, the Bear Heaven rock house and boulders, and a rich Civilian Conservation Corps history with a monument dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This place has it all!

Fundraising Initiative

This 123-acre tract in the Monongahela National Forest was put on the auction block by a timber company… and knowing its scenic importance near Elkins, the viewshed below the Bickle Knob observation tower, and its recreation potential, the Land Trust made a winning bid to prevent it from being developed. We have borrowed funds to secure this site, and now are asking our supporters to help us ensure its permanent protection.
Estimated need: $100,000.

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Upcoming Activities

Happy Hour
Friday, August 10
Brewstel Brew Shop & Hostel
Between the hours 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Join us for a Happy Hour at Brewstel Brew Shop & Hostel, to learn more about our project to save the iconic Bickle Knob view!

Mountain Bike Ride down Bickle Knob
Saturday, September 22
Bike: Noon meet at Bickle Knob Fire Tower
Picnic: Noon – 4pm in Stuart Recreation Area – Shelter GS3… by the river (Families welcome!)
Ride details: WVLT staff will lead an off-road mountain biking tour starting from Bickle Knob Fire Tower riding down to Baker Sods and on to the Shaver’s Fork River (about 10 miles). From there we will ride back upstream (about 4 miles) on a gravel county road to Stuart Rec Area for a picnic. Shuttles will be provided to take riders back to Bickle Knob to retrieve cars. This is a MODERATE to DIFFICULT trip for riders with some off-road trail experience.

Questions? Contact Jessica Spatafore at or call (304) 413-0945.

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Recreation at Bickle Knob

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