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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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 931 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Amazing

This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Totally worth the hike and trip.

Amazing view

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.

Amazing view from the top

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


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