Seneca Rocks Trail

based on 115 tracks & routes #14 hike out of 83 in
1.5 mi
38 min
807 ft
Elev Gain


This is an easy out and back hike to the top of Seneca Rocks featuring an observation deck.

The trail is well marked, maintained, and provides a small area to sit midway. There is gradual elevation gain over multiple switchbacks and some steps down to the observation deck with good views of the valley.

This is a popular area for rock climbers. Please be careful to not dislodge sticks and stones as they may fall onto the climbers below.

Getting Started

Parking is at the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Visitors Center.
Address: WV-28, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884
GPS: 38.833758, -79.374444

When to Go:
The trail is open year round during daylight hours. In the fall, this is a nice hike to see the fall colors.

Shortly after proceeding past the observation deck, there is a sign stating the following:
"STOP You alone are responsible for your safety. We know it is very tempting to proceed past this point BUT without proper climbing equipment you are putting yourself and your family/friends at risk. Since 1971, 15 people have died at Seneca Rocks from falls. It's not worth the risk. Hikers enjoy the very same view from the safety of the observation platform."

Taking Children

This trail is suitable for people of all ages.

    Rate this Hike

    2 months, 1 week ago
    Not busy, easy to find. Trail was easy and well cleared. Great views.
    ★ ★ ★ ★

    3 years, 10 months ago
    This is trail’s incline is grueling but if you can make it to the top then the view is worth it. The trip back down was a fraction of the time it took to get up there. If you’re up for it go past the ‘danger’ signs at the observation deck for an even better but dangerous view.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    3 years, 11 months ago
    This hike is vigorous and enjoyable, steep in some stretches but not too severe. Lots of friendly families getting exercise like you. Path is very well tended and easy to follow. When you get to the top you can’t really see the great rocks above unless you go up passed the warning sign about 15 people dying over the past years.
    ★ ★ ★ ★

    1 year, 12 months ago
    ★ ★ ★

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