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.

Great trail but I would consider it moderate due to the elevation changes.

hiking
5 days ago

A little busy but great view at the top

hiking
10 days ago

This trail starts on a fireroad just off the main road. The part when the trail goes from fireroad to trail is easy to miss and we ended up having to bushwhack our way almost to the where the trail meets the huckleberry trail. On the fireroad, less than a quarter mile after you cross the stream and white drainage tunnel, there are orange plastic flags off to the left and six or seven large boulders, the trail into the woods starts there and although switch backs are noted on the trail, we didn't encounter any. It was an enjoyable, semi challenging trail with nice views at the top. There are multiple boggy and rocky areas so waterproof hiking shoes are a must

backpacking
12 days ago

This is a downhill trail that, at time can be taxing on your legs, but with the gorgeous views, it's one of my favorites!

hiking
13 days ago

if you're climbing the rocks up top, make sure you have decent tread on your shoes.

i had none, but i made it look casual. 'till i almost dropped.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked 15 miles today. The beginning of the huckleberry trail is hard to find. it's beautiful, and a nice temperature. it was hard to look around at the scenery in order to be sure of your footing. make sure to wear lots of ankle support.

on Spruce Knob

backpacking
23 days ago

We started at the Huckleberry trailhead and hiked until we got to the Lumberjack trail where we turned right. We passed the plane crash and headed to Seneca Creek trail to set up camp. The trail was foggy and mossy and there were nice meadow areas. There were a lot of rocks and roots to navigate and after the rain the next day the trail was wet and muddy for the hike back to the car. It was a pretty trail.

Pretty easy for an uphill. Switchbacks make it easier as far as the incline. Scattered benches along to route if you need a breather. Walked up, jogged down as I saw a few others did also.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail with benches along the way. Great family trail with amazing view from the top! Will hike this again. Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike - make sure to stay on the trail and help avoid erosion! You can go past the observation deck, just be careful! It's all incline until the top, but several switchbacks help prevent tiredness. Happy Hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

Cleared and great path, with several switchbacks, up to the overlook platform. Scrambling up to the top, but breathtaking views once you are at the top.

Nice trail. Easy hike

Awesome views well worth the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice in and out. Hike in is uphill all the way. Hike marked easy due to trail condition. Climb can be tough if not used to hiking up. Great views at the top. U can go further than observation tower, and its worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is not for cars at all, there is just a road that runs parallel to it about a mile away. The top part is about 4-5 miles and is pretty flat with a lot of rocks. Very cool trail.