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Spice Run Wilderness
Part of Monongahela National Forest
Wilderness Area
The Greenbrier River (shown here downstream at Anthony) forms the western boundary of the wilderness.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Counties Greenbrier, Pocahontas
Elevation 1,965 ft (598.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 38°02′35″N 80°13′59″W / 38.04306°N 80.23306°W / 38.04306; -80.23306
Highest point Slabcamp Mountain [2]
 - location east of Droop Mountain
 - elevation 3,284 ft (1,001 m) [3]
 - coordinates 38°01′39″N 80°12′01″W / 38.0275°N 80.20028°W / 38.0275; -80.20028 [3]
Lowest point Greenbrier River
 - location south of Spice Run
 - elevation 1,949 ft (594.1 m) [4]
 - coordinates 38°01′56″N 80°14′19″W / 38.03222°N 80.23861°W / 38.03222; -80.23861
Area 6,030 acres (2,440.3 ha) [5]
Established 2009 [6]
Management Monongahela National Forest
Owner US Forest Service
IUCN category Ib - Wilderness Area
Topo map USGS Denmar
Nearest city Denmar, West Virginia
Location of Spice Run Wilderness in West Virginia
Website: Monongahela National Forest Wilderness Areas

The Spice Run Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness area within the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. Fairly remote, it has no passenger car access. Users must enter via the Greenbrier River (only fordable at low flows), by hiking in from the adjacent Calvin Price State Forest, or by driving a high-clearance vehicle to the southeastern corner of the Wilderness along Greenbrier County Route 16.[7]

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History

Spice Run was named after the native shrub, Lindera benzoin "spicebush" or "spicewood" and the Spice Run Lumber Company created a logging boom town that harvested stands of timber to float down the Greenbrier River for the sawmills. So great were these log runs, that the waterways were choked. The "Run" in Spice Run is from the definition of "Run" as a waterway: "to flow, as a liquid; or, to flow along, esp. strongly, as a stream or the sea: The rapids ran over the rocks."[1]

In 2009, Spice Run was designated a Wilderness along with several other areas of Monongahela National Forest.[6]

Ecology

Aside from Spice Run, the the Davy Run and Kincaid Run watersheds are within the Spice Run Wilderness. All three are native brook trout tributaries to the Greenbrier River. Besides fishing, camping, hiking, botany and bird watching are popular activities. There are at least 230 species of birds to watch, and 89 plant species. Nine animals are on the Federal list for endangered species or threatened species such as the northern flying squirrel.

Across the Greenbrier River rests the Greenbrier River Trail, maintained by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Greenbrier Subdivision. This portion still shows traces of the old lumber-mill on the banks where the flow of logs was controlled. Of the original community of Spice Run, only one house remains standing.

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