Seneca Rocks

  

Seneca Rocks

The Legend of Seneca Rocks

Purchased by the federal government in 1969, Seneca Rocks is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia.  These rocks have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers.

The rocks are a magnificent formation rising nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River. Eastern West Virginia contains many such formations of the white/gray Tuscarora quartzite. Seneca Rocks and nearby Champe Rocks are among the most imposing examples. The quartzite is approximately 250 feet thick and is located primarily on exposed ridges as caprock or exposed crags. The rock is composed of fine grains of sand that were laid down approximately 440 million years ago, in an extensive sheet at the edge of ancient ocean. Years of geologic activity followed, as the ocean was slowly destroyed and the underlying rock uplifted and folded. Millions of years of erosion stripped away the overlaying rock and left remnants of the arching folds in formations such as Seneca Rocks.   Read full article....

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Discovery Center will close on Sunday, October 20, 2013 for the season.  It will then reopen in April 2014.
Restrictions: See Order No. 21-96.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information on Seneca Rocks please contact the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center at (304) 567-2827 or Potomac Ranger District at (304) 257-4488.

General Information

Directions:

At Intersection of Route 33 and Route 55. 
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Rock Climbing

Due to the hardness of the Tuscarora sandstone formation, and the degree of climbing difficulty, Seneca Rocks offers rock climbers a unique opportunity found nowhere else in the east. There are over 375 major mapped climbing routes, varying in degree from the easiest (5.0) to the most difficult (5.12). Only trained and experienced rock climbers should attempt to scale the rocks. There are two climbing schools located in the communities of Seneca Rocks and nearby Riverton who train prospective climbers in beginning and advanced rock climbing. The school in Riverton also offers a climbers rescue course.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.835253
  Longitude : 
-79.365952