Seneca Creek Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews

Seneca Creek Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 757 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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muddy
3 months ago

I went in the middle of July and the trail was practically washed out. The stream was also very high which led to some interesting crossings (I think there were 6 total?), but the trail is great for backpacking because there are large campsites about every 0.25 mile. Bugs are always a big thing during the summer months, so be ready for that! Other than that, there isn’t much of an incline or really technical parts. It’s great for an easy day out.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing!!

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Very muddy close to Judy Springs. Very easy trail. Took my 9yo for overnight, had great time. Plenty of campsites and water. The trail has a very slight grade.

hiking
6 months ago

Terrific trail along the creek. Your shoes will get wet—-you have to cross rivulets here and there, as well as the creek.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trail to take a new backpacker for a first overnight trip. Very well maintained and marked trail. Beautiful waterfalls. A lot of nice campsites near the water. Steady grade. My dogs love all the swimming holes also!

backpacking
Fri Oct 12 2018

Have hiked and backpacked all over this watershed, and fished Seneca Ck for nearly 40 years, now. Without question, this is God's country, any season. Be prepared, take your time, and ENJOY!

Wed Sep 05 2018

Nice and flat out to Judy Springs from the trailhead. Plenty of camping options along the way.

backpacking
Sat Aug 04 2018

Hiked from the parking lot at the top of Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek, and it was well worth the hike up the next day. Camp sites can be found all along the creek and I didn't see one bad one. About .2 miles before Judy Springs is the "prettiest camp site in WV" unfortunately we couldn't make camp there as we had to hunker down for a storm but the site featured a waterfall as well as a mill stone table. This is easily one of my favorite trails in WV.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

Nice trail that has lots of scenery and waterfalls. Campsites are plentiful and very nice. Only negative I saw was it seemed a lot of people that hike there let their dogs run loose. I had mine with me on a leash and had some sketchy moments when multiple dogs would crowd around her. Thankfully she did well and didn’t get aggressive ...with the wrong dog it could easily end up being a bad situation. If you can’t control your dog with voice commands they need to be on a leash. But other than that it was a great day to be out in the WV hills.

Mon May 21 2018

Went May18-19. Overnight. Lots of rain week prior and the night of, creeks were high and fast making crossing challenging, especially at night. Camped above main falls. Beautiful hike out despite wet feet for 10 miles. (there and back)

Thu May 17 2018

Beautiful in the winter. Went Dec. 31st solo for an over night. Temps in the teens, singles over night, foot of snow, creek and falls almost completely frozen. Amazing nook to camp under right next the main falls. Be careful, cell service is zero. Cold weather is breathtaking, but dangerous.

Sun Dec 31 2017

Great level trail. Great camping. Lots of water falls

camping
Sat Sep 09 2017

Beautiful place for backcountry camping

hiking
Sat Jul 15 2017

One of the most picturesque trails I've ever been on. Did the whole trail and back which took about 4 hrs maybe a little less.

hiking
Wed Jul 05 2017

We logged a 11.4 mile roundtrip with my GPS. This trail is well used and in good shape. There are areas of mud. On the route to the big waterfall there are many other small ones along the trail. There are many camp sites for overnight stays, most are set up with rock crafted seats and firepits. Five Star Trail for scenery alone!

hiking
Mon Jun 12 2017

Very pleasant hike with wide trails and periodic stream crossings. The elevation change wasn't super challenging. Very few people in the morning, but definitely busier in the afternoon

backpacking
Sun Jun 11 2017

This is a great trail with some beautiful views.

backpacking
Wed May 31 2017

This was a beautiful trail with many great campsites. We started at the Huckleberry trailhead so we only hiked the northern section of the trail. This was definitely the busiest of all the trails. We had to cross the river three times, the deepest part was almost to our knees but the portion we hiked wasn't that difficult. The water was cold but not unbearable. I would love to visit again in the fall.

backpacking
Sat Sep 24 2016

Beautiful hike, would consider this a very easy trail for experienced backpackers. Water was a bit cold but went for a swim anyways, creek crossings were great, did not have to take off boots or get feet wet. Trail was dry and in good shape. Would consider this trail again if was ever in the area again.

hiking
Mon Jul 04 2016

Hiked this 4th of July weekend. Water was cold and running high. Still passable, though. Another couple of days of rain and it may not be. Start off early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

hiking
Mon Dec 07 2015

Hiked in about 3/4 of a mile past judys Creek Trail. Beautiful trail couple Creek crossings that's why we turned around was a little to high to cross down beyond judys. Good places to camp if you want to turn it into an overnighter.

hiking
Fri May 30 2014

Beautiful area to hike in, especailly if you go on a clear sunny day. Creek trail is a very nice river walk with a couple nice waterfalls, but be aware, that you'll need to make a few fords, so expect wet feet. The views from the meadows are also spectacular.

camping
Thu Nov 14 2013

We have hiked this trail from the ridge, the creek, and Allegheny trail. The views and scenery can't be beat from the meadows to the pines to the hardwoods just fantastic all around. Seneca creek can get really crowded in the summer but there are plenty of campsites on the surrounding trails. Some trails are steep and narrow while the trail along Seneca creek is wide and sloping. Go when the leaves are turning you won't regret it!! We didn't see much wildlife but there are tracks and scat everywhere.

hiking
Mon Sep 09 2013

Did this trail in summer 2013, but made it a loop by taking the allegheny trail about a mile into the trip. Then took a trail back down the ridge to the back side of Seneca. Made a nice 13 mile loop. Spent the night at one of the many nice camping spots along the creek. Beautiful area. Part of the allegheny trail was more like a logging road and wet. Overall, enjoyed the solo backpacking trip.

hiking
Fri Sep 21 2012

Since it rains two days out of every seven up here, this trail is damp in most places and the runs to the creek make it happily muddy in some. It is well maintained, but not too manicured. At one point you have to cross the creek at a wide part. It takes a little agility to get across since the rocks are spaced oddly and probably are always moving. At least a half dozen mini waterfalls line the first five miles of the Seneca Creek trail. When it splits off at the end of the five miles, there is a wooden footbridge. There are also nice large rocks along the creek, perfect for sitting a spell before continuing along or heading back. I came across two separate hunters each heading back to the Seneca Creek trailhead. I heard that hunting is allowed in some of the property surrounding the natl forest. I didn't see many animals though, with the exception of a wild turkey (i believe) hiding in the brush by the creek. I did see about 14 (I counted them if they hit my face) spiderwebs just as I walked through them. Good easy to moderate trail. Great to get you ready for any of the more difficult in the area.

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