Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Completed on Friday, 11-9-19. Other than the first bushwhacking and the overall lengthy, it was an easy and gradual elevation change and plenty of clean soft trail to balance out the rockier portions. I went when there was a dusting of snow, which was quite nice, but it was cold and my water froze in the tube, so plan accordingly on cold days. The most noteworthy thing was as another review mentioned in the first mile or so there were thick bushy regions and a pile of rocks. The little orange flags did help. Shortly before or after (depending on your direction) there’s a little stream crossing. Near this area towards the woods on the left hand side (so away from the road) I heard a low growling noise on the way in. I thought I was imagining things, but I was alone and know bears can be about, so I took my little bell out, but had not had much other “protection”. Forgot all about it until the way back and heard another low, fearsome guttural growl from the same bushes. Did not stick around to find out what was making the noise, but it could’ve been near a bear den or something. Not sure why it would be so close to the bushwhacked trail, but in case anyone else ventures out there, be warned. I’ve seen fresh bear prints in December out in MA, so I’m not sure how much black bears actually hibernate in WV, either. Saw only 1 person in the 4.5 hours I was on the trail.

Bee Trail is all uphill although most of it is pretty gradual. Toward the end it's a bit steep, but worth the effort. Once you turn on to Leaning Ridge it levels out then is gradually down hill. Leaning Ridge is wide and grassy - perfect for catching your breath and enjoying the company of your fellow hikers. Elza is single track, at first steep downhill, then more gradual. It's positively beautiful! There's a small creek and lots of big rock outcroppings. You do cross the creek once, but it was shallow and there are stepping stones. On November 10th there was a light dusting of snow covering the trails. The dampness of the wet leaves mixed with snow made the steep parts a bit slippery. Not a bad thing, but something to keep in mind if you come in late autumn. Trekking poles will be helpful. I didn't map/track this hike, but I suspect the mileage listed is correct at around 4-4.5 miles. There are bridges to cross the Cheat River with parking off the road. Lots of nice camping sites within a stone's throw of the parking and trailheads.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing!!! Simply amazing. Autumn looked beautiful and the mountain was amazing. Did not climb up like the sign warned. The observation deck showed the beautiful valley below.

hiking
scramble
13 days ago

The trail is a fairly easy one with some nice views at the top. The ridge walk/climb is extremely dangerous and has killed quite a few people. I would not recommend it for anyone who has not had a lot of experience with difficult rock scrambles (preferably full climbing gear).

hiking
21 days ago

easy footing but moderate pace & inclines. so fun & the view is spectacular

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off trail
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

Nearly died from falling because a bird thought my hat were free fish food, honestly never made me so scared I crapped my pants, made it to the top near dawn and some couple made it there before I did and started taking pictures of themselves which I forgot my phone. Good hike nonetheless. p.s. Make sure you don't have a tiny animal in your pocket eating your pack of poptarts or you'll go hungry during your hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Trail is great for all ages and it makes me chuckle to watch those who think they are going for a Sunday stroll.

Was a great hike! Hard no doubt, makes sure you come prepared to put yourself to the test!

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail,high traffic trail but a very nice hike

Great day hike! A good pull for a day but we got it in and enjoyed some fall color. The falls were beautiful. If you want any additional info give me a follow at Mountaineer97 on Insta.

hiking
27 days ago

great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

worth the climb to top

hiking
1 month ago

Very clean, well maintained trail. It’s a steeper incline/switchback type trail, but the trail is easy, and the scenery is great, little educational plaques along the trail to read different facts and tidbits. There are benches and places to rest scattered along the trail. Very heavily trafficked, but everyone you pass by is friendly and courteous. The 360 view from the top is definitely worth it! If you’re more adventurous and agile you can pick your way through and over the rocks for a pretty good distance. Would definitely do it again!!

hiking
1 month ago

A very heavily trafficked trail, steep. Take lots of water. Beautiful views from the observation deck at the peak.

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rocky
1 month ago

A narrow, beautiful trail off the beaten path. It is not heavily trafficked at all and it’s moderately steep. Road 214 leading up to the trail had been washed out so there is another 0.8 miles of track added on to the hike. Make sure you look for polls/markers that say RT507 and blue diamond-shaped plaques hammered to the trees to help you find your way. We originally mixed up the start of the trail with the fire road because we didn’t see the marks. The hike ends with beautiful views of the valley.

on Redman Trail

1 month ago

The gravel road veers left towards the end but there is another trail to the right (very overgrown). We didn’t see any signage there confirming go left but it’s pretty obvious. Once you get a little past there the sign that says 507 is a bit hidden on the right hand side and the trail isn’t super is obvious at first because there is a trail continuing straight/left. We accidentally went left at first and added some mileage on. When we turned around to come back we found a trail with red markers that led up to the 507 that we originally missed. When you get to the top and the trail comes to a T, there are no signs directing where to go. Go right at the T and then look for rocks up to your left. There were a few sort of overgrown trails that brought us up to the rocks and lookout. I actually found it kind of surprising how many ppl said it was well signed but I’m also sued to hiking in the PNW. We didn’t have service so the All Trails map wouldn’t download or give full details. If it had we prob wouldn’t have been derailed at all even though we didn’t see signage.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trial with great views at the peak. Very crowded on this Sunday afternoon. Lots of people and dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with beautiful views from the top. A bit heavily trafficked. Some inconsiderate folks smoking cigarettes at the summit took away from the experience.. But overall, would recommend.

This may be one of my favorite trails ever. I went most recently towards the middle of September. Nights are starting to get cool at that point. Didn’t run into any wildlife. Trees are just beginning to change at this point, but the first half of the trail is mostly evergreen anyway. There aren’t any stream or river crossings till you get to the bottom though, so be sure to pack out enough water.

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scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, well marked, and very informative plaques along the way explaining the geological strata of the mountain. We really enjoyed them considering the visitor center is closed tues/wends during fall. The viewing platform at the top is well maintained with good views but the rock scramble on the ridge is worth the climb if you are confident, careful, and not scared of heights- you get a full 360 view of the surrounding area!

Parked at spruce knob parking lot and hiked down. The trail is very pretty in a forest setting with lots of spruce trees, lichens, and moss. The trail has minimal elevation change - I hiked 3.4 miles down and the elevation changed about 350 ft. So it is an easy hike as far as steepness goes. However, the trail is very rocky. Not just small gravels, but rocks bigger than your foot print and lot of them move. I actually fell down to my side because the rock tilted and I was caught off guard. After a while of stepping from one rock to another, my ankles felt sore and my feet were tired. Hiking boots are recommended. Other than that, fall has already settled in as of today (9/28/2019), next weekend should reach its peak.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great! It was clean, easy to follow and a good distance! Steep at times but absolutely breath taking views once you reach the top!

Rocky trail, but a lot of fun. We went six miles in from Spruce Knob and stayed over at a random campsite. Few bugs, great scenery. Fair amount of traffic where we were surprisingly. We were near the plane wreck area but we never ended up finding it before it got dark. Will be coming back. 2 down, 48 to go!

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scramble
1 month ago

Pretty incredible views if you go beyond the platform.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail. It wasn’t too hard and it was pretty quiet. We only ran into two other couples.

Very nice trail. Well maintained. The national park campground was great too. Enjoy it!

hiking
2 months ago

Sunrise hike to the top. Had no difficulty going past the warning sign without climbing equipment, but definitely be conscious of your limits. The observation platform faces West, so you can't see sunrise from there. The 360 view from the top is spectacular!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really great trail! It’s beautiful the whole way up, and very well maintained. It’s a bit steep, but there are plenty of places to rest along the way. We ate lunch at the overlook, which is lovely, but the view from the top of the rocks took our breath away! It’s a bit of a scramble to get up there, but just take your time and be careful, and it will be well worth it!

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