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Spice Run Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Spice Run Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 6,037 acres. All of this wilderness is located in West Virginia and is managed by the Forest Service.


The 6,030 acre Spice Run Wilderness is located south of Calvin Price State Forest. The area is about 2 miles in length and 3.5 miles wide and is found within portions of the Alvon, Anthony, Denmar, and Droop USGS quadrangle maps. There are no system trails within Spice Run Wilderness. Vegetation consists of oak, hickory, maple and some pockets of hemlock with an understory of rhododendron, mixed shrubs, grasses and ferns. The elevations range from 2,000 feet along the Greenbrier River to over 2,800 feet throughout interior portions of the area. The Spice Run Wilderness does not have any marked, constructed or maintained trails. Visitors are welcome, but will be dependent on their own skills to find their way around. According to the Wilderness Act of 1964, ¿A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions and which (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable; (2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation. Managing the Spice Run Wilderness as a trail-less area provides greater opportunities for self-reliance and perpetuating the intent behind the Wilderness Act.

Planning to Visit the Spice Run Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Spice Run Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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