Spruce Knob - Seneca Creek Backcountry


Judy Springs

The Spruce Knob Area offers hikers a vast backcountry to explore. Nearly 60 miles of trails wind through stands of red spruce, open meadows and along fast-flowing mountain streams. Beautiful northern hardwood forests of maple, beech, birch, cherry and other trees cover most of the area creating a brilliant display of fall color. This area provides cool shade in the summer with many opportunities to see spring and summer wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

Elevation ranges from 3,000 feet to over 4,800 feet above sea level. Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year. Snow can be expected anytime from October through April.

At a Glance

Restrictions:
  • Camping and open campfires are prohibited within 300 feet of Forest Roads.
  • Pets must be under your control at all times.
  • Motor vehicles are restricted to roads and parking areas.
  • Practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
  • Do not build camp within 200 feet of trails and streams.
Closest Towns: Whitmer, WV and Seneca Rocks, WV
Water: Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs to kill harmful pathogens
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Potomac Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

Seneca Creek Trailhead: From Seneca Rocks, turn right on WV-28S/WV-55W and follow for about 10 miles, then turn right onto Briery Gap Run Rd. After about 2.4 miles continue onto FR 112. Follow on FR 112 for about 11.4 miles and the trailhead will be on the right.


General Notes:

Trails are marked with blue blazes and can be muddy in places so be prepared to get your feet wet.

Additional Resources


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Dispersed camping sites can be found along Gandy Creek on County Road 29 just south of Whitmer. Most sites can support trailers. 

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Trails are marked with blue blazes and can be muddy in places so be prepared to get your feet wet.

Seneca Creek Backcountry Brochure and Map

General Info:

Safety Information

Dress for the weather, wear proper footgear, and be prepared for sudden changes. Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs before drinking to kill harmful pathogens. During hunting seasons, hikers are urged to wear high visibility clothing.


Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

All the trails listed under day hiking are also available for backpacking, except for Whispering Spruce Trail #567.

Seneca Creek Backcountry Brochure and Map

Interpretive Areas

Recreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:

Whispering Spruce Trail #567 offers interpretive signage about the area and its significance. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.711919

  Longitude : 
-79.550052

  Elevation : 
3000' - over 4800'