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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 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.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

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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Recordings (369)
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Jacob N.
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beautiful view at the top where the observation deck is

Haley Sapko
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HikingGreat!
William W
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Jasmine Allison
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Perfectly maintained trail, several switch backs and the grade can be steep, the trail turns to steep rocks beyond the observation deck which you can climb up a little ways but no “rock climbing” without a permit. Incredible views. Lots of hikers and tourists. Anybody can use this trail to the observation deck

Jimmie Hite
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Did this awhile back ago. Long uphill climb, but worth the view.

Haydyn O'Brien
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Hiking

The trail is very well maintained. No worries about tripping on rocks. The path up is moderately difficult, if you hike a lot this is not too bad. There aren’t many views heading up, but the top is worth the hike. The observation platform is nice, but the view from the top of the rocks offers the best opportunity for amazing scenery. Getting up to the top of the rocks is difficult if not used to rock scrambling. Coming down is more difficult and often scooted my way down as there are crevices. Great hike overall!

Adrienne Lynne
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Hiking

Meh. This was my least favorite hike that we did on our trip to West Virginia. The gradual incline up the hill was a good work out... but we didn’t feel like we were hiking because the entire path was gravel. The viewing platform at the top was pretty, but nothing that can’t be seen on other mountainous hikes in the area. We were really hoping to get a good look at the rock fins, but signs advised us not to go past the platform so we didn’t venture far/ get to experience much. In my opinion, the better view of Seneca Rocks is at the store across the street when you’re driving to the trailhead. Also: We went on a Saturday and the path was extremely busy... we passed other parties every 3-4 minutes.

Eleanor Kearney
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Nick Oliver
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Hiking

Generally an easy trail that is covered in gravel — meh... The trail itself also remains extremely busy. Either way it’s a beautiful view up-top. We traveled past the observatory deck onto the rocks. It was incredible, but keep in mind it is dangerous. Kids and those that are scared of heights should remain at the deck.

Frank Thomas
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Mike Kentta
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Hiking

the trail conditions are excellent, well taken care of. the views are great even the lower areas were pretty.

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Rocky Northern
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was well worth the hike to the top view is spectacular, everything is well maintained and easy access

Hunter Bauer
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B Poeschl
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Hiking

Seneca is such a great place, the hike is easy for what it is (it looks hard, It's not). I absolutely love this area, the view at the top is like a little treat for your climb. Bring your own water and snacks you'll need it, or wish you had it. Some poison ivy off the trails, so make sure you don't take any shortcuts. Recommend for everyone who has a good set of knees. Enjoy!!!

Jessica Woodrum
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Absolutely worth visiting. The view once to the top is amazing!

Trebor Grose
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This trail has by far one of the best views I’ve ever witnessed. The hike to the top is definitely a steep one but 100% worth it. I truly felt like I was hiking on this one, and I don’t usually get that feeling a lot. My only complaint that I could think of was that this trail is steep and rocky. There are signs warning of deaths that have occurred in the past since opening. If you’re looking to do some rock climbing there’s plenty of them to climb. Just be prepared to carry all that equipment up the trail. Overall pretty solid hike. I would for sure go back again.

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Ashley O’Ryan
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Hiking

Outstanding payoff! The trail is very well maintained. A steady uphill hike with some areas to stop and rest along the way (which I was grateful for and definitely took advantage of). The observation deck is a nice rest area, but don’t stop there! If you feel comfortable, the scramble up the rocks to the left leads to the best views. Such a satisfying hike!

Abbey O'Brien
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I absolutely loved this trail! Very well maintained and a nice steady climb to the top where the views were fantastic. I did scramble up the rocks and it wasn’t very difficult-lots of good places to step on/in to keep balance and footing. I can’t wait to go again in the fall!

Wesley Jeffers
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Hiking

One of my fav trails. Hiked on July 19 2020. Beware a fallen tree around .8 miles up. Make sure to hike up past the lookout spot at top for the best views!

Bernadine Rohdes
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Hiking

Very well maintained and the view from the top is breathtaking. Will definitely be back.

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Joe Eastman
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Completed 6/6/20. Easier trail but still nice views from the top. Especially if you venture a little past the warning sign. Cool to see people climbing the face (back side) of the rock from the top.

Nicole Farley
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Andrielle Yost
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail. Get there early to have the trail to yourself!

Ben Doernberg
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4 stars if you're not excited about going past the sign that says "don't go past here or you'll die." We did a little of the scramble past the sign, but unlike at Chimney Top, we couldn't see in advance what the footing would be up ahead to make an informed decision about how far we were comfortable going.

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Kenny Newhouse
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s a fairly easy hike to the top of Seneca Rocks. I went on a Saturday, and there were a lot of people. The trail is paved very well, and it’s easy to navigate. I’d say in and out, minus stopping at the top, it took about an hour and forty five minutes to complete.

Chris Denby
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Hiking

Great view of the rocks down at the bottom, trail is a constant incline the whole way up but is well worth the effort, there is a sign warning you about the danger of climbing on the rocks near the top but the scramble wasnt bad just dont be reckless and you should be fine there were a few others up there too. took about 45 minutes to get to the top and 25 minutes down going at a pretty decent pace.

Jim Kelly
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Hiking

Great hike with a rewarding payoff at the top. Some steep parts with pretty constant elevation. Definitely worth the work to the top!

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