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.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Open year-round during daylight hours.|
|Closest Towns:||Seneca Rocks, WV|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Seneca Rocks Discovery Center or Potomac Ranger District|
Located at the intersection of Route 33 and Route 55 in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia.
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Rock ClimbingDue 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.
River and Stream Fishing
“Catch and release” is the only type of fishing allowed in this area. All fish must be returned to the water and only artificial lures may be used. Possession of bait is illegal. The area is patrolled by West Virginia Conservation Officers. Special area regulations may be found in the West Virginia fishing regulations brochure available at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.
The Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail begins at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, crosses Seneca Creek to the picnic area, and climbs to an observation platform near the top of Seneca Rocks. This 1.3 mile (2.6 miles round-trip) trail uses steps and switchbacks to gain over 700 feet in elevation. Although steep, the trail can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Please, for your own safety, do not venture beyond the observation platform unless you have climbing gear and know how to use it. Keep youngsters close by while hiking this trail.
This area can often attract bald eagles and other large birds of prey that can be seen flying near the North Fork river.
The observation platform high atop the Seneca Rocks offers spectacular views of the surrounding North Fork river valley. Fall is an especially good time to hike up to see the vast expanse of turning leaves. Even if you do not wish to hike up, the Rocks can be enjoyed right from the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.
As you walk up the trail to the top of the Rocks make sure to stop at the signs scattered throughout the trail that will provide insight into specific natural formations among other things. Check out the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center to learn more about the areas rich history and nature.