Seneca Rocks Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

scramble

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 features picnic areas and a visitor center. Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is a well known spot for seeing the Potomac River or rock climbing.

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
4 days 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
14 days 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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scramble
14 days ago

Fairly steep, but plenty of places to stop and rest. Trail ends at the overlook, but a short scramble up and to the left is totally worth it for the 360 degree view.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is more moderate-hard rather than easy, as shown for the rating in AllTrails. Views at the top are WELL worth the switch backs and steep inclines.

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rocky
28 days ago

A few switch backs to get to the top. A good incline, a lot of people were stopped trying to catch their breath. There is an observation deck before the rocks. There is a warning sign prior to the rocks themselves for a good reason. It's a steep and narrow climb. Please respect everyone's safety and don't bring a nervous dog to the top, especially on a retractable leash. I saw one too many nervous dogs being dragged to the top and their leashes nearly tripping people on the top. That is SO dangerous, please don't be that person. All in all it was a great short hike, with stunning views. We got there early to avoid the crowds. There were a lot of people going up when we were going down.

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rocky
30 days ago

Short but steep gravel trail all the way to the top but easy enough for the whole family to enjoy. The views from the platform were great but the views from the top of the rocks is even better. It’s only as sketchy as you make it. Be smart and you will enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike. Took our German Shepard for her first hike and she loved it. Steep most of the time because you are working your way to the top but the views are beautiful and worth the work getting up. Lots of nice places along the trail to stop for breaks if you need to.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep trail to an observation deck. Nice view of the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Family friendly trail with great views. The trail is not difficult, but there is a significant altitude gain in a fairly short time, so it can be quite a workout. The hike up is worth it for the views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Super nice hike with amazing view at the top. Dangerous at the top. Stay on the trail.

well maintained trail to the top with a moderate incline. views are crazy from the top.

it was a awesome trail with beautiful views. highly recommend. just wish the all trails app would have worked the entire hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely an easy hike with some great views. Visited this place last year. My kids also joined me for this hike as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, wide trail. I visited on a Tuesday and it was well traveled. It is almost all up hill so it could be difficult especially in the heat. The view at the top is great well worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and great to see people of all fitness levels trying out the uphill climb! The view at the top is lovely as well.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great short trail, but don’t let the distance fool you. It’s steep. The views at top are fantastic and worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

very well maintained trail. beautiful view at the top. steeper climb, but my 4 year old did it.

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scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained trail. A little steeper than I expected but doable. View wasn’t as spectacular as I expected, but glad I did it. Once was enough for this one though.

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Bring a nice camera and a friend with photography skills, and you’re about step up your Instagram game.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hike. gradually going uphill in a zig zag. Be careful, we saw a rattlesnake out today!

3 months ago

nice small hike with a rewarding view. You can easily continue climbing past the observation deck despite the sign. just make sure you're sure footed

hiking
3 months ago

My dogs and I climbed the trail today. Nice hike, a little bit steep in places, but nothing too bad. It took us about 37 mins to get to the top. There's a beautiful stream where my catahoula boys were able to cool off on the way back down to the parking lot. Not our first time hiking here.We always enjoy it. The views are breathtaking.

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful area .Enoyed a half day on the rocks ,rented a cabin in the area 3 nights.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

As long as you’re used to hiking elevation it’s fine. Beautiful views and signs to educate on the area/geology along the way.

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