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Best trails in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, West Virginia? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area ranging from 3.2 to 16.3 miles and from 1,555 to 4,862 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
100000 acres
Contact
(304) 636-1800
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Seneca Rocks Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Seneca Rocks Trail is a well maintained hiking trail to an observation platform with a gorgeous view of the rock faces. Benches along the trail make great places to catch your breath. The trailhead feShow more
#2 - Spruce Knob via Huckleberry Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
This is an excellent length day hike that takes around 5.5 - 6 hours round trip to the Spruce Knob summit and back. There is light bushwhacking for the first mile and typical muddy portions of trail oShow more
#3 - Huckleberry Trail to Judy Springs, Seneca Creek and High Meadows Loop
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
Huckleberry Trail to Judy Springs, Seneca Creek and High Meadows Loop is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rShow more
#4 - Redman Run Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
The trail begins in a leisurely grade, but becomes steep toward the end. The trail peters out at the edge of Chimney Rocks. There's a geocache on the rocks, as well as stunning views of the Smoke HoleShow more
#5 - Huckleberry, Lumberjack, Seneca Creek Trail Loop
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 17.4 mi • Est. 8 h 38 m
Huckleberry, Lumberjack, Seneca Creek Trail Loop is a 17.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. ThShow more
#6 - Bee Trail, Leaning Ridge, and Elza Trail Loop along Gandy Creek
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Bee Trail, Leaning Ridge, and Elza Trail Loop along Gandy Creek is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitmer, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for Show more
#7 - Lumberjack Loop and High Meadows Trails
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
Lumberjack Loop and High Meadows Trails is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail isShow more
#8 - Huckleberry and Seneca Creek Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 6 h 14 m
Huckleberry and Seneca Creek Trail is a 13.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#9 - Bee Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Bee Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitmer, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#10 - Spruce Knob via Lumberjack Trail and Huckleberry Trail
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
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Length: 16.3 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
Although long and muddy, this trail offers some amazing views of the Seneca Rocks area and is filled with some great wildlife. For people looking to hike all 50 state high points, this route offers tShow more