Library image #4475
: Looking southeast, Haystack Knob in the foreground. North Fork Mountain in the distance.
The United States Congress designated the Roaring Plains West Wilderness (map
) in 2009 and it now has a total of 6,794 acres
All of this wilderness is located in West Virginia
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The 6,792 acre Roaring Plains West Wilderness area is located approximately 3 miles southwest of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Canaan Valley State Park is about 5 miles north of the area. Primary access is from the Flatrock Run Trail and Forest Road 70 (gated, but open during autumn hunting season). The vegetation is diverse and consists of mixed hardwoods, red spruce and brush, with an under-story of bogs, grasses and rhododendron. The elevations range from 3,000 along the southern perimeter of the area to over 4,700 feet at the top of Mt. Porte Crayon. The 4-mile trail system is open to hikers and equestrians and provides numerous scenic views.