Peters Mountain

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Peters Mountain
Peters Mountain at the West Virginia state line.jpg
At the state line along Route 311
Highest point
PeakMonroe County High Point, Monroe County, WV/Giles County, VA
Elevation4,073 ft (1,241 m)[1]
Coordinates37°28′36″N 80°31′30″W / 37.47667°N 80.52500°W / 37.47667; -80.52500
Length52 mi (84 km)
Peters Mountain is located in West Virginia
Peters Mountain
Location of WV 311/VA 311 Crossing in West Virginia
CountryUnited States
StatesVirginia and West Virginia
CountiesAlleghany VA, Craig VA, Giles VA and Monroe WV
Range coordinates37°36′24″N 80°14′27″W / 37.60667°N 80.24083°W / 37.60667; -80.24083Coordinates: 37°36′24″N 80°14′27″W / 37.60667°N 80.24083°W / 37.60667; -80.24083
Parent rangeAllegheny Mountains
Topo mapUSGS 

Peters Mountain is a 52-mile (84 km) mountain in the U.S. states of Virginia and West Virginia. It is located on the border between Alleghany County, VA, Monroe County, WV, Giles Co.,VA, and Craig Co.,VA. Its elevation ranges from 4,073 feet (1,241 m) on the mountaintop to a low of 2,300 feet (700 m).[1][2] It produces some of the water supply for Monroe County.

There are numerous sandstone outcroppings along the crest of the Peters Mountain and a number of high mountain bogs on Pine Swamp Ridge. The Mountain is primarily forested with upland oak, yellow poplar, red oak, and hickory.

The mountain was named for Peter Wright, who settled by the mountain in Covington, Virginia in 1746.[3]

The Appalachian Trail traverses part of the crest of Peters Mountain. The Allegheny Trail also reaches its southern terminus here at the state boundary.

The Peters Mountain Wilderness, lying on the east slope of Peters Mountain in Virginia and designated in 1984, now has a total of 4,531 acres (18.34 km2). It is managed by Jefferson National Forest.


  1. ^ a b "West Virginia Summits". Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wilderness Connect".
  3. ^ Morton, Oren F. (1980) History of Monroe County West Virginia, Regional Publishing Company pg. 280

Geology studies By M. S. Meadows.