Seneca Rocks Trail

MODERATE 147 reviews

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

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.

walking
1 day ago

Great view from top! Nice, steady 1.5 mile climb to top. Gravel path entire way up, with switchbacks and some steps. Moderate rating is accurate, despite gravel path, due to steep grade up. Watch footing at top in wet (slippery) conditions.

hiking
8 days ago

Great view from top...

23 days ago

Excellent hike and fantastic views. Take some time to go in the staffed center at the trail head. Interesting stuff in there including a 3-D model of the surrounding topography. Carry a camera and binoculars to enhance the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with the dog and kids and was a really great time. The views are awesome when you get to the top, if in the area definitely give it a try.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike up the mountain. Not terribly difficult from what I remember up to the observation deck. Basically a series of switchbacks that are rather gradual. Beyond the observation deck is pretty tricky and isn't for the faint of heart. Did this as a 16-year-old and I still can't believe I did the rock scrambling at the top. I'm terrified of exposed heights and the tops is very very much so exposed heights. Lots of potential for falling if you aren't careful.

2 months ago

Beautiful place for a day trip.

2 months ago

Great views from the top! Many crowded switchbacks on the way up and down.

hiking
2 months ago

Steady, gradual switchbacks up to the top. Views are lovely, will definitely be back with rock climbing gear next time around.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail it's self is kinda boring. Just a bunch of steep switch backs, but the view at the end makes up for it :) do not take small children or rowdy pets to the top beyond the platform.

2 months ago

Iconic WV hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Just climbed to the top yesterday (March 17) and it was wonderful! I'm from Michigan where our land is flat, so the sights here were absolutely breathtaking. Good winter hiking- it's not as humid in the mountains. This was an easy, well-maintained trail. View at the top is great and you can climb the rocky part of the Western peak without gear (though I wouldn't recommend it unless you have experience, as it is quite narrow and windy). 100% will return to climb the Eastern peak of the crag

hiking
4 months ago

This trail...let me tell you...I was not prepared for the razorback but the view was well worth the effort in the end.

4 months ago

Great trails and views

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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.

8 months ago

Great

walking
8 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.

8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

Not too bad.

10 months ago

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

10 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.

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