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Seneca Rocks Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Scramble
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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. Please note the discovery center is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19.

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Heather McCorkel
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Beautiful scenery and not a long hike.

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Miles W
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Mackenzie Paull Kisiel
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Not a good trail during the pandemic. too many people, too much disrespectful walking 2x2 or 3x3 and not understanding trail etiquette. The observation platform is not worth it--the rocks above are pretty cool...but, again, crowded. The trail down from the observation platform is wicked steep. It was fun, but sketchy. Would recommend going the opposite direction of All Trails recommended and scrambling up that steep hill, then taking the gravel Seneca rocks trail back.

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Benji D
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous views at the top, well worth the challenge of the elevation change over a short distance. It does look daunting at first, but there's a few benches along the way if you need a sit. Trail was busy, but it was a Saturday afternoon. Trail is not very wide, can cause some congestion at busier times. Best views are above the observation platform, only another 30-40ft further hike.

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Kate O’Sullivan
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HikingGreat!

It looked super daunting but it was actually really nice! More people than I expected so be prepared, but the view at the top really is breathtaking.

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Rita Carrow
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HikingGreat!

I hiked this trail twice in 2015, and five years later my memories of this trail are very clear. I loved every minute of it! My dog was with me, on a leash of course. The views from the top were incredible, and the journey up & down was very pretty.

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Bob Ritchie
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Hiking

Short, but challenging due to the elevation gain over the short distance. I had also done a more significant hike earlier in the day, so this plays a role in my calling it challenging. Overall a nice little hike over a series of switchbacks, eventually leading to a beautiful payoff...being on top of some of the rocky pinnacles of Seneca Rocks, with 360 views of the surrounding ranges and valley. A bit busy (on a Monday afternoon in September), but overall a really nice little hike

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Hans Cho
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Melanie Barsotti
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Hiking

Always a lovely hike and can’t beat the view at the top. Very well maintained.

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Michael Johnson
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Hiking

Out and back to scenic overlook. There could be more trail above overlook but National Park map indicated it's a rock climbing area.

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Katie Wicks
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Fun easy trail from the parking lot to the observation deck. From there I couldn’t find the trail down per this map, and the official map only has this as an out and back so I backtracked. Ended up wandering around to the discovery center and picked up this map’s trail at the other end - after following the road for a little bit I realized this map’s connector where it branches out and connects to the top, is actually one of the climbing approach routes that requires a helmet. There were also a couple marked trails/gravel paths that aren’t marked in this map too, so not sure what that’s about.

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Travis Bradley
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Hiking

Great hike up to the top with the whole family! Beautiful views! However, this is not a loop trail as stated! If you follow the loop they give you, the way back down is brutal! We were so relieved when we finally made it to the bottom! Definitely won’t do that again! As an out and back though, it’s great!

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Jim Mercer
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Rohit Katta
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Reid S.E.
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Emily Riffle
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HikingGreat!
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Jeih-San Liow
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Hiking

Great hike for all ages. Steady climb in the shade upwards through multiple switchbacks. We passed lots of families taking breaks, some wearing flip flops and sandals. At the top, there is a large observation deck. Many people continue up to the rock scramble despite numerous warning signs. You only have to go a little way onto the rocks to get some nice panoramic views. Took about 2 hours total with a leisurely stop to eat lunch.

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Kelly Sprenkeling
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A little underwhelming but easy family hike.

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Lynsay DuBrule
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Great trail, super easy, my dog loved it. Best to go earlier. It got kinda packed at 10:30 when I was coming down.

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Nicole Raftery
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There is no loop for this trail, it’s an out and back!

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Daniel Jamieson
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Kimberly Warren
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One of my old favorites. Defiantly not a hike for small children or elderly that can't do some high step-in. Very rewarding once you make it to the top.

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Alexis Marietta
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Amanda Cote
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Amazing short hike. The entire way up to the rocks is uphill and steep but the reward at the top is so worth it. There is a cool bridge at the beginning of the trail with a beautiful little river where people were swimming.

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stanislav sannikov
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Olga San
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Jen A
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HikingGreat!

Very steep, but completely worth it. Trail is well marked and easy to navigate. The view at the top is amazing!

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William Elliott
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HikingGreat!Scramble

8/18 morning hike. Did it counter-clockwise. 70 degrees. Early morning fog made for terrific ambiance, both at the trailhead and at the top above the fog. Trail is somewhat littered with trash on the shallow part (northwestern section of loop). Seems like a common occurrence in the Appalachians from my limited experience. But lots of cool geological signs with interesting info! Good job on that. You can scramble the ridge without ropes. It'll get your heart rate pumping on certain parts. It's awesome and everyone has their own limits. I went a decent way out. To the point where people were looking at me like I'm retarded. But I reached my limit at a couple sections. Loose rock and not enough places to grab. Parts where it's definitely doable and you wouldn't fall.... but if you do fall you're dead. But you won't fall........ but if you do..... You can meander around a couple of those sections and go a bit farther (go down a bit where the tree trunks are on right or left of ridgeline). But then I got to a point where it just wasn't worth the risk. Maybe when I was 25 and with an energy drink and group of girls watching. But not at 35 solo.

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