• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    931 Feet

Easy Parking
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This rock formation sits 900 feet above the North Fork River and offers up 360 degree views of the surrounding area. Be sure to bring your camera!

Seneca Rocks is probably one of the best known landmarks in West Virginia. This iconic formation sits 900 feet above the North Fork River. I highly recommend anyone interested in taking a trip to West Virginia take some time to visit Seneca Rocks. These rock formations are really an amazing site.

The hike from the parking lot is 3 miles out-and-back with a lot of switchbacks and stair cases. The hike uphill is a little tough, so wear hiking boots and take your time. The summit has a viewing platform, but past the platform is nice little rock scramble to the second summit with 360°views. If you really want to explore Seneca Rocks, bring your climbing gear with you and climb to the top, 900 feet of pure adrenaline rush.

Across the street from Seneca Rocks parking lot, you can camp at Seneca Shadows Campground. This is a beautiful place to camp with awesome views overlooking Seneca Rocks and a great spot to take night pictures.

Pack List

  • Trail shoes
  • Climbing gear if planning to climb at Seneca Rocks
  • Camera
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This hike is steep - basically 1,000 feet straight up for a mile - but totally worth it. The view is spectacular in all directions and you can see not only where you came from way down in the valley below but also the tons of mountain ridges and nook-like canyons that dot West Virginia's Alleghany Front. Also good for a very steep, but relatively short trail run.

6 months ago
6 months ago

The hike to the top is worth the view, I highly recommend it.

10 months ago
10 months ago

This was one of my first large elevation gain hikes when I first started hiking. Trail was beautiful. Series of switchbacks up the mountain. Look out point was breathtaking.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

If you've done Old Rag in Shenandoah, this is his baby brother. Switch back hike from base to summit with a small rock scrabble at the top. If you want to get the most of your hike, you MUST walk past the warning sign to the top of the rocks. I can't wrap my head around the fact that people do not climb to the top! As I'm sure you've all figured, Autumn is the best time to do this hike. Bonus points if you hike before sunrise and watch the orange ball rise over the mountains and the fog slide down them!! Just bring a headlamp and be bear aware!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

One of the best short and easy get always you can find. You can hike the switchbacks and meet the climbers at the top!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Hike to the top is fairly easy and short, and rewarding with a spectacular view. You don't need to be a climber to go trampsing about.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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