Seneca Shadows Campground

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Rockview from Senecar Shadows Campround

Seneca Shadows is the newest campground in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Many sites offer outstanding views of the 900 foot Seneca Rocks.

Seneca Shadows Campground overlooks Seneca Rocks and is surrounded by mountains on both the east and west. Hiking and nature study at Seneca Rocks are just a couple of the popular activities in the area. The North Fork South Branch Potomac River is nearby, making fishing a popular pastime. Two local caves beckon ambitious explorers, and the 900-foot high Seneca Rocks can be viewed from most campsites.

Natural Features: The campground sits in the river valley within the Monongahela National Forest, which extends over the north central highlands of the state, straddling many of the region's highest peaks. Elevations range from 1,000 to 4,863 feet above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse national forests in the country.

Recreation: Rock climbers and hikers adore Seneca Rocks. Both sports will take visitors to the top of the impressive rocky tops with rewarding views of the mountains and valleys beyond. The hiking trail can be accessed across the street from the Seneca Shadows Campground. Seneca Rocks Visitor Center provides a catch-and-release fishing area, viewing platforms, educational displays and a gift shop.

Facilities: Seneca Shadows is a modern campground with flush toilets, lantern posts, picnic tables and campfire rings. The large facility has a selection of walk-to tent sites, standard RV sites and tent-only group sites. Loop C has electric hookups. Firewood is available for sale on-site.  Campsites 1-10 in Loop A, sites 32, 34, 36 in Loop C and walk-in sites 60-69 are not reservable and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in with campground host upon arrival.

Nearby Attractions: Campers make Seneca Shadows a convenient base camp while traveling through the Potomac Highlands. Explore the scenic roadways, especially when fall colors are at their peak.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout, Native Trout, Bass; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Non-motorized boat, Fly, Spin, Bait; 

Rockview from Senecar Shadows Campround View of Rocks from Seneca Shadows Seneca Shadows Showerhouse

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites or 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees Standard site camping ranges from $17-36 per night.  Group sites are $65 per night. See Recreation Site Information for fees on camping at several campsites. Non-camping use fee is $2.00 per day.
Open Season: Beginning of April - end of October
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Seneca Rocks, WV
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Information Center: Be sure to reserve a site that will accommodate your equipment. The site you reserve is your site. You may not move to another site. Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating This campground has first-come, first-served sites Limit two vehicles per single site; a daily fee is charged for extra vehicles

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.82222, -79.38722
38°49'20"N, 79°23'14"W

From Elkins WV, take US 33 east 34 miles. Turn right into the campground.

From Petersburg, WV, take State Hwy 28 south 22 miles. Turn right into the campground.

From Franklin, WV, take US 33 west 24 miles. Turn left into the campground.

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