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WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / STEVEN SHALUTA JR.

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Hampshire counties in an isolated gorge
called The Trough.This place is generally
reached by rail or by boat, Pennington
notes with a smile. "There's just so much
that you can't see from your car, because
there are no roads."
Just Plane Adventures commonly covers
a 25-mile radius and often dips as far south
as Spruce Knob. With an elevation of
4,863 feet, Spruce Knob ranks as West
Virginia's rooftop - a high point topped
with a stone tower standing amid a forest
of natural Christmas trees.
Next in view: Seneca Rocks. This natural landmark, like Spruce Knob, sits inside
the Monongahela National Forest. Just off
U.S. 33, a visitor center offers explanations
and exhibits. Outside, a hiking trail leads
1.5 miles on an uphill climb to, ultimately,
overlook picture-perfect Pendleton
County from a wooden platform.
Climbing Seneca Rocks can be deadly.
Actually, just looking at them can be
deceiving.

"From the ground, it looks like this
huge boulder," says Pennington, the pilot.
"But, from the air, it's just a thin, potato
chip-looking rock. It's amazing that it can
stand there, being that thin."
DOLLY SODS WILDERNESS sits near the
center of the Potomac Highlands: a cool,
moist escape, where the trees have more in
common with Canada than surrounding
states. "When you want to get great pictures, that's where you go," says G'na
Stephens, the manager of the Gandy
Dancer Theatre in Elkins.
"You come here and you're going to be
pulled in with the beauty - and everything
that West Virginia has."
Like hiking trails lined with ferns and
evergreens.
"Dolly Sods is more like the northwest
territory of Canada," says Pennington. "It's
the variation between what you see in the
valley and what you see in the mountains.
You can explore Dolly Sods, and it's like

Dolly Sods Wilderness sits
near the center of the
Potomac Highlands: a cool,
moist escape, where the trees
have more in common with
Canada than surrounding
states.
1. Pilot Mitch Pennington is with Just Plane
Adventures.
2. This aerial view of Mount Storm Lake also
shows wind turbines in the area.
3. Spruce trees (foreground) frame the view
from Spruce Knob.
4. The boardwalk at Beartown State Park.
5. Dolly Sods Wilderness has distinct terrain.
6. Spruce Knob Tower graces the top of West
Virginia's highest peak.
7. Dolly Sods' scenery is defined by rocks
and high plateaus.

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From the Editor
From the Farm
Festivals & Events
The Hike
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Potomac Highlands Adventures
Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
Saving Mabry Mill
Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
Signature Mountain Dishes
Waterfront Living
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Canaan Resort
Guest Column
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - From the Farm
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Festivals & Events
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - The Hike
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Saving Mabry Mill
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Signature Mountain Dishes
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