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The falls were flowing great this past Saturday. This is definitely a walk, even a stroll. Took us 5 minutes each way. It was a beautiful and quick stop for some pretty cool falls. Would do again.

hiking
22 days ago

These falls were awesome. wooded steps down to platforms made it easy. Wish we couldve walk along the river more.

Awesome hike. Loved the feeling of using my trekking poles with the rocks on the final section of the top. Really cool view and very good trail, from some of the reviews I was off-putted, however, my girlfriend suggested we still go and I’m glad we did. We went on a Monday and only saw a few people and one person at the top who kindly left for us. We were at the top for about 30 minutes. No one came up. Highly recommend.

This trail is on the hard side of easy. It's Rudy and Rocky with absolutely gorgeous scenery

walking
1 month ago

This is one of those hikes where the views from the info center are better than from the top of the mountain. There were way too many people for my taste, and they were the kind that just sit at the top, hogging the mountain top to themselves. This is just a simple tourist attraction, nothing worth climbing unless you want to weave around the non-hikers out for a walk and wait for a chance to climb the rocks on top. This is also a gravel path, so it really can't even be called a hike. Took and hour for me to go up and down and so far it's been a least favorite adventure of mine.

A great family hiking trail with beautiful views of the falls.

Good views from the landing up top. It took about an hour and 10 minutes round-trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Thanks to other reviewers, was able to easily find the beginning. With all the rhododendron, trail is a little tricky to follow on the way up, just keep a close eye out for the rock cairns. View at the top is beautiful.

Always awesome

backpacking
1 month ago

Firstly, it’s not easy in and out. The first .5 mile or so from trail head is easy but as you approach the hill/mountain you’ll be surprised at how the description says, “easy in and out.” There are switch backs both up and down the mountain and a pass between the two peaks/hilltops. Heavy stone and root systems everywhere which was a bit interesting when it was wet. The way down the other side was pretty steep so expect a substantial climb back out. Once you crest the hill and make your way down you’ll see a set of train tracks. There is a blaze and a path directly across the tracks but please just make the right and follow the tracks about another .5-.75 miles to a small little train stopping area. You’ll continue to see blazes down the tracks. The train stop area is the falls. If you are making a few days of this expect a lot of visitor traffic. There is a scenic train system that regularly stops for site seeing. Not many camping areas tbh. If you are looking for wood for camp fires, expect laurel and it didn’t burn well either, and everything is picked clean. Very pretty falls and great rapids which make for some good white noise camping. Don’t bring a horse. It is not safe for that. I don’t know who put that.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely fairly easy

Did it in the rain and the clouds are the top we’re breathtaking. Want to do it again when the sun is out. Beautiful!!!!

Looking closer at the map I think I started at Landis Trail and stayed right on the North Fork Mountain Trail. I took cover from the rain at the first ledge I came too, I don't know how far that is on the map. So I can attest to Landis Trail being rocky and steep but I'll have to start at the North Fork Mnt trail head next time.

hiking
2 months ago

So once I found the right road to start from the trail head was easy to find. At first I started from a road that had a kiosk and I thought was 70 but was not, so I wasted about an hour looking for the cairn off the wrong road. A few miles up the road 70 was clearly marked. The first few cairns are easy to spot but get harder and harder to follow because there is so much moss and fungus growing on them they blend right in. It was exciting to search for them but it would be easy to lose the trail and I was by myself. Overall it was a really fun scrabbley little trail and was beautiful at the top.
Thanks to Michiko's comment with directions on how to find it otherwise I would've missed out on this one.

Did this hike solo which was ok except it was super erie out there. I was on high alert the whole time. I didn't see anyone else, but I didn't see any bears either so that was good. I did see signs of bears though. It was strenuous and steep and rocky. 3/4 of the way up is started to rain a little but not bad. It quickly turned bad and I made it to an overlook and waited under a rock for over an hour. I'm still not sure how close I was to the summit, I couldn't see anything. After the thunder and lightning passed the rain persisted so I had to head down. I wasn't super prepared for a downpour so I was pretty much a drown rat. The trail was slippery because of all the rocks and rushing water. I'm sure it's beautiful when it's not storming! I would love to try it again but it won't be for a long while since I live far from there.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall this was a pretty fun trail and easy to make a day trip out of. The trail was pretty muddy in places and very rocky in others. Some parts of the trail aren't very well blazed but the path was pretty obvious so it wasn't hard to find the way. Some parts of the trail, especially near the beginning are very over grown, so it'd be wise to keep an eye out for snakes as I was about 5 inches from stepping on one. The falls themselves are gorgeous and the water is perfect to soak your feet in.

nice gradual incline, gets harder as you get near the ridge.. remember to turn right at the 2 cairns incase you lose GPS service . great spot for lunch st the top, saw lots of birds of prey as well as a giant bees nest (exciting I know). noticed about 2 primitive campsites.

We completed this as a group of twelve, including an 8-year-old, 9-year-old, and four teenagers. There are blue signposts along the way giving you information about how Seneca Rocks was formed from sedimentary rock, tree slide, iron ore, etc. The little kids had to stop and read each one, which was annoying at first because they’re pretty close together, but then they were awesome as us parents needed to stop and catch our breath. The signposts stopped when the switchbacks became really steep, unfortunately. We were three out of shape Moms, and we stopped at the top of each switchback to catch our breath. Although the trail is in a forest setting, we found it to be beautiful with great views along the way. At the end of the trek, you will arrive at an observation deck which looks out over the valley. We stopped, took a million pics, had some snacks and headed back down. You have the option of climbing up some rocks, and the older kids and the younger adults in our group did just that. With the warnings about the deaths over the years, most of us stayed on the deck. As previously mentioned, you cannot really see Seneca Rocks on this trail. That was a little disappointing, but expected, as we’d read the reviews. Bring lots of water on this hike if you’re even slightly out of shape.

Twelve of us stopped here on our way back from Seneca Rocks to Yough Lake. We’d already hiked all day, so we were pretty spent. That being said, this was definitely a walk, not a hike. It was almost completely stairs, and remember that you have to come back up after going down. I agree with the many reviewers who call this moderate, not easy. We had changed out of hiking shoes and into flip flops, and for some, that was a mistake. There were two viewing platforms along the boardwalk, and the falls were beautiful. I now understand why they’re on every postcard and magnet in every WV gift shop.

hiking
3 months ago

This has to be the coolest rock in West Virginia! I went here on a whim and was pleasantly surprised to find a switchback trail leading to the very top (where the brave can advance beyond the lookout). I never expected to find a hike like this in this part of the country, as the top of the rock reminds me of Angel's Landing in Utah. It's a tough hike, but can be done by anyone in alright-shape by taking it slow.

Absolutely beautiful view! Well worth the climb.

started off as the only people on the trail, pretty eerie. but as we decended, we crossed paths with a handful of other hikers! a lot of bushwhacking to the summit, would recommend long pants if you want to avoid scratches! such a beautiful view, great place for photo ops!

Took about 3 hours total out and back. Amazing views at the top. It's uphill for almost a solid 3 miles, the trail up to chimney top is marked by rock stacks along the trail. The trail is well marked the whole way and is even clear on the side trail to chimney top. The side trail is very very steep so be prepared. This trail is definitely difficult but totally worth it the the views.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful park and trail. The water is crystal clear, and the ferns in the woods were gorgeous. I do agree that I wouldn't say this trail is easy, as it is overgrown in places and is fairly rocky, but this trail was definitely worth it!

Wonderful hike with lots of altitude! Def got my heart racing. We finished it up with a rest at the top in about 2 hours.

switch backs almost all the way up but beautiful views from the top

hiking
3 months ago

The falls were amazing! There is another viewpoint, although not as close, at Gentle Trail (very short, easy walk on opposite side) that features a 'storybook forest' for kids.

on Blackwater Falls

walking
3 months ago

It seemed very busy all day (Saturday), so we stopped at 1830. It emptied out by then with over half the parking spaces remaining. If stairs don’t bother you, it is easy- a walk and not a hike. Take your camera for many photo opportunities along the boardwalk!

I would do it once but not as a repeat hike. It’s more of an ascent or climb than a hike. The view from the platform is lovely but it is of the valley below and not of the rock formations. We were under the impression that the trail led to the actual rocks so this was a bit of a letdown. Progress markers on the trail would be a great addition. One and done for us.

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It is a climb on the way to the viewing platform but it is well worth it. The trail was wide and well maintained.

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