Hanging Rock Observatory Hike
Mileage: 2.1 up and back Directions 37.509960,-80.438075
Total rise: 450 ft Facebook
Hike Time: 1 hr with 3 kids My Pintrest
Significance: Observation tower, views, birds?
Here is some of what you need to know:The tower is open year round.
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The trail to the Hanging Rock observatory is only one mile, and the 225 ft of elevation gain is spread out enough that the kids barely complained. For 8/10 of a mile you will follow the yellow blazes of the Allegheny Trail; At the “raptor tower” sign hang a left and follow the blue blazes.
The fire tower turned bird observatory looks like a small cabin and it sits on the crest of the mountain; It places you in position where you can view almost all directions. This is a hot spot to see the bird migrations but no hawks were seen on this day. What stood out to me as I looked out into the distance were the rows of mountains that I have seen on the map so many times; they start in Pennsylvania and run almost parallel as they travel down through West Virginia, Virginia and into NC.
The doors to the hut were unlocked and their was reading materials and sign in sheet were inside.
West Virginia is an awesome state to visit and I would recommend it to anyone. Check out other fire towers in this state from North to south: Olson Tower, Bickle Knob, High Knob, Thorny Mountain, Hanging Rock Observatory. It took some time to drive from location to location but their was a beautiful view around every turn. It is worth your time and energy to make your way out here.
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