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Near Upper Tract in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Smoke Hole

 
 
Smoke Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
1. Smoke Hole Marker
Inscription. Smoke Hole, a rugged canyon formed by the South Branch of the Potomac River, extends eighteen miles south to U.S. 220. Early explorers reported that heavy mists rising from the canyon looked like smoke coming from a deep hole. The canyon contains many caves and spectacular rock formations. Among the many caves, is Smoke Hole Cave. Its name originates from the presence of smoke stains on the roof which may have been caused by Indian campfires.
 
Erected 1969 by Virginia Department of Culture and History.
 
Location. 38° 48.375′ N, 79° 16.585′ W. Marker is near Upper Tract, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is on Smoke Hole Road (County Route 2) just north of Petersburg Pike (U.S. 220), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is at the old bridge where Petersburg Pike crossed the South Branch of the Potomac River, now just north of the present bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Tract WV 26866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Smoke Hole (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Upper Tract (approx. 1.3 miles away); Eagle Rocks (approx. 1.5
Smoke Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
2. Smoke Hole Marker
miles away); Smoke Hole Cave (approx. 2.5 miles away); St. George’s Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Judy Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); 10th Mountain Division (approx. 5.6 miles away); Sites Homestead (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Upper Tract.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “Defined to the east by Cave Mountain and to the west by North Fork Mountain, Smoke Hole has been part of the Monongahela National Forest’s Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area since 1965, although some of it is still private land. Formerly, the area was home to a scattered community of family homesteads, storied for their isolation, traditional lifestyles, and skilled production of the illicit liquor known as ‘moonshine.’ Today, The Nature Conservancy considers Smoke Hole and the surrounding mountains to be ‘one of the most biologically rich places in the East,’ especially as regards its rare plant communities” (Submitted on July 1, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Smoke Hole Canyon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
3. Smoke Hole Canyon
Smoke Hole Canyon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
4. Smoke Hole Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016.
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