Wills Mountain

Infobox Mountain
Name = Wills Mountain
Photo = 2WillsMtn._edited.jpg
Caption = Wills Mountain in Pennsylvania
Elevation = convert|2790|ft|m|-1 [ Summit elevation between 2,780 and 2,800 ft. ]
Location = Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA
Coordinates = coord|39|50.757|N|78|40.925|W |region:US-PA_type:mountain |display=title,inline
Range = Allegheny Mountains, part of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians
Prominence = convert|1440|ft|m|-1 [ Key col elevation between 1,340 and 1,360 ft at coord|39|56.39|N|78|39.1|W |region:US-PA. ]
USGS Hyndman (PA) Quadrangle
First ascent =
Easiest route = jeep trail

Wills Mountain is a ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, in Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA.



In Pennsylvania, Wills Mountain is located in Bedford County, and reaches an elevation of 2,782 ft. above sea level. Although there are mountains in the Commonwealth which are higher, Wills Mountain is the highest in Pennsylvania's Ridge and Valley Appalachians province. Wills Mountain may have the highest prominence in Pennsylvania. As the mountain ridge runs north it abruptly ends at Kinton Knob, at 2,560 ft. above sea level, just outside the town of Bedford. The valley to the south of Kinton Knob is known as Milligans Cove. Geologically, this valley is an excellent example of a breached anticline. Portions of Wills, including the summit, are located in Pennsylvania State Game Lands No.48. Access to the mountain is limited. Jeep trails and a gravel road are all that is on the ridge. The summit, like Martin Hill, has no towers or transmitters. However; access to the summit is difficult and requires a hike of over 1,800 ft. to get there.


Wills Mountain is located in Allegany County, Maryland in the United States; Wills Mountain starts 1/2 mile west of mouth of Warrior Run and runs northeasterly into Pennsylvania; Its highest elevation in Maryland is convert|1877|ft.

On the northeast side of Wills Mountain, sits a rocky outcropping known as Lover's Leap that forms the northern wall in a compact notched valley known as the Cumberland Narrows. This valley was carved into Wills Mountain by Wills Creek over millions of years.

Wills Mountain and the Cumberland Narrows acts as a physical western gateway to the city of Cumberland, Maryland; placing the city against the backdrop of the mountains and the narrows valley.


*United States Geological Survey
*Maryland Geological Survey

* Alan R. Geyer (1979) "Outstanding Geologic Features of Pennsylvania", Geological Survey of Pennsylvania
* Charles H. Shultz (1999) "The Geology of Pennsylvania", Geological Survey of Pennsylvania ISBN 0-8182-0227-0

External links

* [http://www.willsmountain.com Website offering some land, including Lover's Leap, on Wills Mountain]
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