Seneca Rocks Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews

Seneca Rocks Trail is a 3.4 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
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

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 visitors center. Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is a well known spot for seeing the Potomac River or rock climbing.

6 days ago

loved this trail. incredibly easier than you would expect for how far away it looks

hiking
24 days ago

Trail is well maintained. Myself, my partner, and two pups easily made it up and down. The views from the top are stunning. And if you are careful, you can easily explore the rocks at the top past the trail.

geocaching
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike. Not use to the humidity (90%). We went on a misty overcast day but that didn't take away for the beautiful view at the top.

backpacking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Was on the back side of a long trip so it was perfect for my tired legs. Had a nice consistent slope but not much climbing and not too long. Still a good work out but a 10 year old skipped his way past me as he was descending.

I was there on a rainy overcast day but still enjoyed. The top rock view was great if not a little scary. They have warning signs clearly marked about the danger of the last 25 yards. I did feel naked to the elements.

A nice treat is the rock climbers scaling the face of the rocks right next to trail. Go down the trail to the right before you start about 200-300 yards and you might see them going up.

2 months ago

Great

walking
2 months ago

For hikers I'd say this is easy. My wife, who's not really into hiking, and 7 year old daughter were able to do this trail in about an hour. We took a few breaks going up and didn't rush it. It is almost entirely uphill, so if you're not in decent shape take your time. Take breaks on the benches, bring plenty of water and the view will be so worth it.

2 months ago

I would not call this easy. A hike I can take my mom in is easy. She would never go for this. moderate switchbacks. Good hike. Don't stop at the platform. Go to into the Rocks and the views are stunning. Best foliage is between October 7-15th depending on the year. This is a must see.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike...perfect timing with the changing of the leaves

hiking
2 months ago

pretty steep path uphill; I'd call moderate. But beautiful view at the top

3 months ago

Good hike up! Awesome view of the valley floor below... Can't wait to get back down this way next weekend!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent views from the bottom and the top! A great family hike. Easy to get up this well-groomed trail.

3 months ago

one of my favorite local sprints, amazing payoff at the top

hiking
3 months ago

A vigorous climb to the top but so worth the view! Bring water on a hot day. Not easy but a moderate hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Not too bad.

4 months ago

Very nice trail easy to walk. Beautiful view from top platform but 100% nicer view just up past the platform.

4 months ago

Trail was socked in all day. Heavy rain coming down the mountain. I still enjoyed the hike, even though there were no views.

hiking
5 months ago

A vary romantic thing to do with you significant other and vary wonderful experience also a good form of exercise for an active person

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail to get the heart rate up.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely worth the hike. Should be rated as moderate because even though the trail is well maintained, it's a rigorous walk to the observation deck.

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