WV-061 Smoke Hole

Marker text: SMOKE HOLE

The Smoke Hole, a rugged canyon of 1421 feet elevation, made by the South Branch of the Potomac River, extends eighteen miles to the junction with the North Fork. In Coeymans Limestone of Devonian Age, the river has carved out various formations and caves. Big Cave and Old Mines Cave, where saltpeter was made during the War Between the States, are the most noted. Smoke Hole is one of the State's natural wonders.

West Virginia Department of Culture and History, 1989

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