The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
"Devil's Backbone" is the descriptive place-name for several narrow or rugged topographic features in West Virginia. Many were so-named in that mid-to-late 1800s when the more rugged parts of the state were settled.
Devil's Backbone, in southeastern West Virginia, in Pocahontas County, less than a miles southeast of Huntersville, WV, is an arch of the Tuscarora sandstone exposed along the gorge of Knapp's Creek, visible from WV Route 39. The formation is an exposure of the Brown's Mountain anticline.
Devil's Backbone (map), in southern West Virginia, in Raleigh County, approximately five-miles west of Ghent, WV, is a narrow-backed ridge, or hogback ridge, in the upper drainage of Tommy Creek, a tributary of the Guyandotte River. The ridge descends southewest to the backbone of Flat Top Mountain.
Devil's Backbone (map), in central West Virginia, in Braxton County, is a ridge formed in a tight bend in the lower Birch River, a major tributary of the Elk River known for the cliffs and boulders that line its course.