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West Virginia: Wild and Wonderful Bickle Knob Observation Tower

Cheat Ranger District
PO Box 368
Parsons WV 26287
Phone: (304)478-2000

High atop Bickle Knob sits the Bickle Knob Observation Tower where visitors can catch the panoramic vista of the surrounding forest.

Located approximately 10 miles northeast of Elkins, West Virginia, on Stuart Memorial Drive (Forest Road 91).

From Elkins, go east on State Highway 33 for approximately 4 miles. Turn north on WV Route 33/8 (old US Route 33) and travel approximately 2 miles. Turn north on WV Route 6 and drive 1/2 mile just past the entrance to Stuart Recreation Area. Turn right on Stuart Memorial Drive (Forest Road 91) and go approximately 4 miles and turn left on Forest Road 91A.

Open year round, however, Forest Road 91 is not plowed in the winter time and may be icy or snow-covered.

An observation deck provides visitors a 360 degree view of the surrounding forest.

Hiking
Middle Point Trail, #140, which is 5.2 miles in length, is located along Stuart Memorial Drive west of the picnic/campground area.  There are several trails in the Otter Creek Wilderness that offer more challenging experiences because the trail junctions are not signed and there are no bridges over stream crossing. Topo maps are recommended for wilderness adventures.

Fishing is allowed along Otter Creek. A valid West Virginia State Fishing License is required, along with a National Forest stamp and a trout stamp. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing and hunting licensing requirements.

There are campsite sites available at the Bear Heaven Campground and Stuart Recreation Area Campground. The Stuart Group Camp is available for large groups.

  • There are no fees for use of the observation tower.

  • Reservable - No. This site is available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Dogs are permitted if on a leash at all times.

  • Limited to day-use only.

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