Explore the most popular hiking trails near Riverton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I would consider this hike easier than Seneca Rocks Trail any day. We did this with a 4 year old & she hiked the whole way by herself. Gorgeous views!

Went May18-19. Overnight.
Lots of rain week prior and the night of, creeks were high and fast making crossing challenging, especially at night. Camped above main falls. Beautiful hike out despite wet feet for 10 miles. (there and back)

Beautiful in the winter.
Went Dec. 31st solo for an over night. Temps in the teens, singles over night, foot of snow, creek and falls almost completely frozen. Amazing nook to camp under right next the main falls.
Be careful, cell service is zero. Cold weather is breathtaking, but dangerous.

The south terminus trail head is at a radio tower. There’s only room for 2 cars to park along the road. Don’t block the tower service entrance. Once on the trail, it’s gentle up to the ridge and while on the ridge. There are dozens of scenic overlooks. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the views afforded by this hike. It’s a challenging hike but not too difficult.

Did this a while back in September and forgot to review. Great hike and relatively easy gradient to the summit. The total hike took around 5.5 hours to complete. The views from the summit tower looked amazing and you were able to see all the various colors of the trees in the distance as it was the beginning of fall. Trail is well marked and very easy to follow and a rewarding way to summit West Virginia’s highpoint.

It was snowing up there it was cold but a good hike.

Just did an hour out-and-back at the southern terminus along 33. Parking was not fun- just a narrow strip along the road with ambiguous no-trespassing signs. Coming in from the north/west side (out of Germany Valley) requires a hairpin u-turn on a blind corner. However, once on the trail assuming you haven’t been run over it’s awesome. Big cliffs of Tuscarora quartzite and views of Germany Valley the whole way to Spruce Knob. Bring a good camera! Also read up on the local geology-makes the landscape even more amazing.

Great level trail. Great camping. Lots of water falls

5 months ago

absolutely breathtaking

backpacked down from top of spruce knobs the camped 2 nights on river hiked the trails beautiful scenery, waterfalls and campsites. hiked up and out hard hike but worth it

backpacking
7 months ago

The trail is awesome , the views and camping areas along Seneca creek made for an unforgettable experience

camping
8 months ago

Beautiful place for backcountry camping

Hiked in on allegheny trail to Seneca falls for some fly fishing...easy hike in until you get to the falls...the trail kind of disappears at that point and becomes difficult to follow...the fishing on Seneca creek is always great.

hiking
9 months ago

Some of the best views on the eastern seaboard. It's about a 2 hour walk up from Smoke Hole. Once you reach the top, the trail runs along the ridge and offers spectacular views. Be sure to bring enough water.

hiking
9 months ago

This is an excellent length day hike that takes around 5.5 - 6 hours round trip to the Spruce Knob summit and back, covering 10.4 miles (we had 10.9 with my extra walking around the summit, etc). I'd say ages 11 and up, depending on physical maturity, can do this hike. Not difficult except for the light bushwacking for the first mile and typical muddy portions of trail on Huckleberry.

Our family has made a tradition out of bagging eastern state high points over the past few years vacations. Spruce Knob was our 12th since 2014. We typically like the 6-8 mie variety with the exceptions of 10.4 on Hunt Trail at Baxter Peak/Katahdin and 2 miles for Hoye Crest in MD (this week, also). As you can imagine, the referenced 16 mile hike was a no-go for us as we typically travel a bit less than 2 mph given all of the stops and time at the summit. Fortunately for us, through a lot of online digging, we found an "unofficial" track that leads to the tight bend in the Huckleberry Trail, making a summit round trip right at 10.4 mi. I can't find the original post, but someone had provided a GPS track that started at Forest Road 274 off of FR 112. And, this is what we went with.

None of the land marks are difficut to find but it takes some mental toughness to continue when there seems to be no trail at the beginning of the trek. My mileage numbers were from US 33 E, right on Briery Gap Rd then 2.4 mi to Forest Road 112 then 2.6 miles to Forest Rd 274 on the right. This is actually not a drivable road and is gated just up from 112. We parked on the turnoff to the left, but you could also probably park at the entrance of 274, as long as you left enough space of a park service truck to enter (though it looks like that hasn't happened for some time). Anyway, we were a bit unsure as the road/trail was completely overgrown with weeds, etc. except for a thin path around the right-hand post of the gate. We were baited and started our hike. The night before, my daughter was researching this route and found some information in a post that my hours of research hadn't (yes, that's how much we like to hike to the summit instead of drive) - the exit from the forest road onto a connector trail to Huckleberry Trail was "1/4 mile past a stream crossing the road, with a white pipe, some orange flags, and big boulders." As we hiked along, not knowing how long we were supposed to be on the forest road, we saw a lot of big boulders, but none of the other landmarks. We did pass a large silver unearthed culvert at a stream, but continued on since the flags and boulders were missing. At around 1 mile we did cross a stream, and low and behold found after .12 miles orange marker tape on a tree, a possible trail in to the woods and boulders. This was the victory we needed and I was now confident we would have a successful ascent. To be noted, the track up the forest road is not well trod and I was bushwacking with a stick, though the track was apparent, it wasn't obvious, and could easily get overgrown. The GPS track I had printed had some switch backs on the way up to Huckleberry, but we did not hike these. The new trail was definite and clearly cut, though at times very tight due to rhododendron infringing on the trail. Less than a half mile later we were at the "point" in the Huckleberry Trail where it drops down on the trail map, then almost doubles back up. There was a well weathered sign pointing Trail 533 straight ahead and to the left (from where we had come from). We debated for a minute, mostly because it seemed we reached the trail too quickly) then decided to turn left and headed up. This was the correct route and we summitted around 3.5 miles later.

This is not a difficult hike - no difficult uphills but just mostly roots, rocks at some points, and the typical muddy trail sections, though none long. I would recommend hiking boots just to keep your feet dry and not have to worry so much about hiking around the mud - it's the typicaly pine needle-infused mud that you don't sink too deep into - usually. Oh, also, FR 274 had some wet spots, too.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most picturesque trails I've ever been on. Did the whole trail and back which took about 4 hrs maybe a little less.

hiking
10 months ago

Very steep hike going up but fantastic views at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

We logged a 11.4 mile roundtrip with my GPS. This trail is well used and in good shape. There are areas of mud. On the route to the big waterfall there are many other small ones along the trail. There are many camp sites for overnight stays, most are set up with rock crafted seats and firepits. Five Star Trail for scenery alone!

backpacking
10 months ago

Did this one in Feb of this year. Pretty smooth down to Seneca creek where we camped by a beautiful water fall. The only negative on the way down is Lumberjack rd. It was a swampy mess and was feet were soaked by the time we got to the end. The next morning it was a 6 mile hike back out and its straight up. Probably the only time I have ever longed for switch backs. Lol. All things considered I really enjoyed the loop...16 miles round trip ...second day taxes you pretty good summiting Spruce Knob but good mix of easy and hard.

This is one of the best hikes in the state as far as amazing views go. Roughly 25 miles and a full two days...3 days would probably be more enjoyable. No water on the trail so slip in on the fire road half way and stash some water. Great hike! Enjoy!

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful views with a good mixture of scenery. Heading down the mountain was not very challenging but if you use lumberjack trail I highly recommend wearing boots. It is a sloppy mess.

Once we made it to the creek, there are plenty of campsites with the peaceful sound of the creek in the background. We returned back up the mountain on Judy springs trail. This was by far the biggest challenge of the entire hike. The elevation gain just on this trail is grueling. This portion is why this hike is considered hard.

We felt very accomplished when we completed it and will most definitely be visiting again.

hiking
11 months ago

Are Dogs allowed on this trail or has anyone seen Hikers with them?

hiking
11 months ago

This trail starts on a fireroad just off the main road. The part when the trail goes from fireroad to trail is easy to miss and we ended up having to bushwhack our way almost to the where the trail meets the huckleberry trail. On the fireroad, less than a quarter mile after you cross the stream and white drainage tunnel, there are orange plastic flags off to the left and six or seven large boulders, the trail into the woods starts there and although switch backs are noted on the trail, we didn't encounter any. It was an enjoyable, semi challenging trail with nice views at the top. There are multiple boggy and rocky areas so waterproof hiking shoes are a must

hiking
11 months ago

Very pleasant hike with wide trails and periodic stream crossings. The elevation change wasn't super challenging. Very few people in the morning, but definitely busier in the afternoon

backpacking
11 months ago

This is a great trail with some beautiful views.

backpacking
11 months ago

This is a downhill trail that, at time can be taxing on your legs, but with the gorgeous views, it's one of my favorites!

backpacking
11 months ago

This trail was more than 17 miles are watches tracked 30 miles with some taking off the beaten path to see the views. We did the trail in 2 days which was hard would recommend 3 days. Had some steep hills and a long downhill at the very end. It was worth the views of the backside of Seneca Rocks and amazing views seeing into Maryland from Chimney Rock.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked 15 miles today. The beginning of the huckleberry trail is hard to find. it's beautiful, and a nice temperature. it was hard to look around at the scenery in order to be sure of your footing. make sure to wear lots of ankle support.

on Judy Springs Trail

backpacking
11 months ago

We hiked this trail from the Seneca Creek trail to get back to the Huckleberry trail. We saw the sign for the trail and crossed the footbridge over the river but then had a bit of trouble finding the trail as there isn't another blaze until further up the trail. We went up the hill on what looked like a trail and took another path which led to a campsite and then eventually found the right trail which if I remember correctly was by the campsite and definitely to the left of the footbridge. It was pouring down rain which didn't help. The meadow had beautiful views but we weren't able to enjoy it as much with the rain and the trail became a stream. It would be nice to try this trail again in the fall.

on Seneca Creek Trail

backpacking
11 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with many great campsites. We started at the Huckleberry trailhead so we only hiked the northern section of the trail. This was definitely the busiest of all the trails. We had to cross the river three times, the deepest part was almost to our knees but the portion we hiked wasn't that difficult. The water was cold but not unbearable. I would love to visit again in the fall.

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