Encompassing 100,000 acres, the scenic Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area (NRA) contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast, outstanding views and a chance to enjoy America's great outdoors. Congress established the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in 1965. This area is unique because it was the first NRA to be designated in the USDA Forest Service. The Forest Service was directed to manage this special area with emphasis on the outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, cultural resource protection and scientific study. Other resources are managed in harmony with these emphasized activities. Cattle and sheep graze much of the open area, maintaining these areas in their open state, providing visual quality and benefiting wildlife while also providing beef and wool to local communities. Parts of the National Recreation Area are leased for natural gas production; openings built for gas wells are seeded with game-supporting grasses. Some areas are leased to farmers who raise corn or hay, continuing the rural agriculture landscape that has existed here for nearly 200 years. The Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks NRA provides a wealth of products, resources and recreational opportunities. Visitor facilities include the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, Seneca Shadows and Big Bend campground, and the Spruce Knob Tower. Many thousands of acres of unspoiled quiet land await discovery. Use your imagination to see how the area may have looked to the early settlers, as they crested the mountain ridges or moved up the river. Imagine living a self-sufficient life on a high hillside farm. Envision the Native Americans gathering food on hunting forays. You will discover not only beauty, but a sense of history in the NRA.

backpacked down from top of spruce knobs the camped 2 nights on river hiked the trails beautiful scenery, waterfalls and campsites. hiked up and out hard hike but worth it

hiking
17 days ago

Trail is well maintained. Myself, my partner, and two pups easily made it up and down. The views from the top are stunning. And if you are careful, you can easily explore the rocks at the top past the trail.

geocaching
21 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Great easy hike. Not use to the humidity (90%). We went on a misty overcast day but that didn't take away for the beautiful view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Was on the back side of a long trip so it was perfect for my tired legs. Had a nice consistent slope but not much climbing and not too long. Still a good work out but a 10 year old skipped his way past me as he was descending.

I was there on a rainy overcast day but still enjoyed. The top rock view was great if not a little scary. They have warning signs clearly marked about the danger of the last 25 yards. I did feel naked to the elements.

A nice treat is the rock climbers scaling the face of the rocks right next to trail. Go down the trail to the right before you start about 200-300 yards and you might see them going up.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

For hikers I'd say this is easy. My wife, who's not really into hiking, and 7 year old daughter were able to do this trail in about an hour. We took a few breaks going up and didn't rush it. It is almost entirely uphill, so if you're not in decent shape take your time. Take breaks on the benches, bring plenty of water and the view will be so worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I would not call this easy. A hike I can take my mom in is easy. She would never go for this. moderate switchbacks. Good hike. Don't stop at the platform. Go to into the Rocks and the views are stunning. Best foliage is between October 7-15th depending on the year. This is a must see.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike...perfect timing with the changing of the leaves

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail is awesome , the views and camping areas along Seneca creek made for an unforgettable experience

hiking
2 months ago

pretty steep path uphill; I'd call moderate. But beautiful view at the top

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike up! Awesome view of the valley floor below... Can't wait to get back down this way next weekend!