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Barton Knob
Barton Knob - View from North.jpg
View looking south towards Barton Knob
Highest point
Elevation 4,434 ft (1,351 m)
Prominence 574 ft (175 m)
Barton Knob is located in West Virginia
Barton Knob
Barton Knob
Location in West Virginia
Location Randolph, West Virginia, United States
Parent range Cheat Mountain
Access hike from Forest Route 227.svg FR 227

Barton Knob is a mountain summit located on Cheat Mountain in southeastern Randolph County, West Virginia. Easily accessible during warm-weather months, Bickle Knob is also home to one of the few remaining fire towers in Monongahela National Forest.

Fire Tower

Barton Knob Fire Tower and Repeater
Photo of fire tower and radio repeater on Barton Knob.

One of the most notable features is its fire tower, which has graced the top of the mountain since at least 1939. While the tower is still standing as of September 2016, it has been abandoned and is no longer safe to climb. In June 2010, the U.S. Forest Service planned to remove the tower as part of a project to construct a radio repeater on Barton Knob. The radio repeater was installed by May 2012 adjacent to the tower, which was not removed.

Strip mining

The area surrounding Barton Knob is also notable for having been strip mined prior to its acquisition by Monongahela National Forest as part of the Mower Tract in 1986. Today, MNF's Strip Mine Trail (Trail #350) traverses much of the area mined on the south side of Barton Knob and a ledge created continuing east along Cheat Mountain.

Rainbow Gathering

In 2005, the Rainbow Gathering considered using (and some may have used) strip-mined land near Barton Knob after being displaced from the original meeting site near Alpena.

Forest restoration

In late 2010, the Forest Service designated a 90-acre (36 ha) section of Barton Knob as the Barton Bench Ecological Restoration Site. After strip mining, the land had been replanted with non-native grasses to protect the soil. This also led to an arresting of ecological development as the grasses kept out any native growths. The Forest Service is conducting experiments on various ways to restart ecological succession on the site with an eye towards eventual reforestation with native red spruce and hardwood trees.

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