Morning Knob Trail begins on Route 600 in southwestern Alleghany County and winds up to Morning Knob at the site of an old fire tower. The trail follows an old roadbed and is not marked. The first section of the trail was a haul road for a timber sale that was completed in 1990. This section is fairly steep with a grassy tread and is in good condition.
The trail passes through two of the cutting units from the Cast Steel Timber Sale. The first unit was a thinning at the beginning of the trail next to Route 600. The second unit was a clearcut further up the trail, that is regenerating naturally. Some great views of Warm Springs Mountain and the Covington areas are available in many places along this first section.
After leaving the second sale unit, the trail becomes steeper. Grass covers the tread and this section is not marked as well.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
Morning Knob Trail is reached from Covington by taking Route 18 south and turning right onto Route 614. Then turn left onto Route 600. The trailhead is on the left side of the road after about 1/2 mile.
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