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Plumley Mountain

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Plumley Knob (elev. 3,078), high point on Plumley Mountain
Map showing Plumley Mountain and vicinity
View north from Cabin Ridge on Plumley Mountain

Plumley Mountain, in eastern Raleigh County, about 15 miles east of Beckley, WV, rises on the southern rim of the New River Gorge and bears southwest roughly seven miles to near Shady Spring, WV. Prior to the completion of Interstate 64 (I-64) across the mountain in 1989, the mountain and its inhabitants were relatively isolated. Plumley Mountain takes its name from the Plumley family, settlers who arrived to farm the northern end of the region in the early 1800s.

The summit of Plumley Mountain is broad and rolling and is home to some of the best pasture land in Raleigh County. Motorists descending the steep grade of Interstate 64 (I-64) from the mountain's summit to the New River near the town of Sandstone have come to call the mountain "Sandstone Mountain." Much of the mountain's table land region rises to near 3,000 feet, and several highland regions are elevated well-above, including Plumley Knob (elev. 3,078), the highest summit on the mountain.

Much of the Plumley Mountain region lies within the bounds of the New River Gorge National River, most particularly those areas within and adjacent to the gorge, administered by the National Park Service (NPS), which bounds the mountain on its northern and eastern sides. The Glade Creek Gorge, also national parkland, bounds the mountain on its western side. Two remote NPS trails, Kate's Plateau and Poll's Plateau, travel highland pastures, woodlands, and glades along and into the Glade Creek Gorge. Much of the Plumley Mountain upland is underlain by the Raleigh Sandstone, which outcrops as cliffs and tors throughout the region. Untainted by commercial and industrial development, the Plumley Mountain region is a popular destination for scenic drives.

External Link: Plumley Mountain Historic Sites

Topo Map showing summit on Plumley Mountain