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Interpretive Hike to Spruce

June 5, 2021

An Interpretive Hike honors Pocahontas County’s bicentennial. Join a hike to the remote location of the former town of Spruce, led by a WVU graduate student, who will provide historic interpretation of this fascinating site.

Meet at the Cass Company Store Front Porch at 9:00 a.m. Driving to the starting point to start the hike takes approximately 15 minutes. To participate is free. The hike duration is about three hours in length and approximately 4 miles of beginning-level hiking.

Founded in 1904, Spruce was once a bustling company town home to 300 people but was abandoned in the 1950s – while not a single building stands today, the historic footprint of logging remains. You will be surrounded by the natural beauty of Pocahontas County while learning about the region’s timber and railroad industries and life in a rural company town. This hike is to a primitive region with limited facilities — make sure to wear water-resistant hiking footwear and pack a pair of binoculars, plenty of water, and a facemask. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

This cultural programming event is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding has been provided by the WVU Humanities Center.

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June 5, 2021


Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
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