Cheat Mountain- Barton Knob
Forest Road 227, Huttonsville, WV 26273
Barton Knob is a mountain summit located on the Cheat Mountain Range. It is easily accessible during the warm-weather months. There are many hiking trails that wind through the area. While no longer in service or maintained, Barton Knob Fire Tower has adorned the summit since at least 1939.
Cheat Mountain is exceptionally high, with four peaks rising above 4800 feet and supporting the most extensive spruce forests south of the Adirondacks. It nestles the upper Shavers Fork of Cheat River, the highest large stream in the East.
Ice flows that break up in the spring scour the river’s edge, an ecological phenomenon more typically encountered in eastern Canada and northern New England. The Cheat Mountain country is also one of the coldest, snowiest parts of the Appalachians, where over 300 inches of snow has been known to fall in one remarkable winter.