Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

Area Status: Open
A woman sits at an observation area looking a Seneca Rocks

The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is located at the base of Seneca Rocks. An amazing view of the vertical wall of the Rocks dominates the scene. The Center is a great place to start your visit and learn about things to do in the area. Be sure to stop in at the nearby Sites Homestead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is open daily until October 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operational Hours: Discovery Center building open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Picnic Area and hiking trails open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Historic Site’s Wayside Inn is open Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: Camping is prohibited on the grounds of the visitor center and picnic area.
Closest Towns: Seneca Rocks, WV
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information please contact the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center at (304) 567-2827 or the Cheat Potomac Ranger District at (304) 257-4488.

General Information


Seneca Rocks Discover Center is located at 13 Roy Gap Road.  Entrance to the main parking lot is off U.S. 33, just south of the U.S. 33/State Route 28 intersection in Seneca Rocks.

General Notes:

Within a short commute are three state parks, Cass Scenic Railroad, 55 miles, Blackwater Falls, 32 miles, and Canaan Valley, which is only 24 miles away.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Plants

Just outside the Discovery Center there is a pollinator garden. The Sites Homestead right next door offers spectacular heirloom gardens. 

Viewing Scenery

The Discovery Center offers a spectacular view of Seneca Rocks. 

Interpretive Areas

Interpretive programs are offered on weekends throughout the busy season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Traditional Appalachian crafters and artisans are on hand demonstrating their techniques.  Time-honored music of the West Virginia Mountains is offered at 1 PM on Saturdays. Special frontier living history events are offered during the summer.  For a complete listing of scheduled events, special programs, or presentations, please contact the Discovery Center.

Visitor Centers

The Discovery Center offers a glimpse into the rich history of the area, its natural features, and a variety of wildlife. There is also a store inside that offers memorabilia and maps. 

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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