Located in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, outdoor experiences at these 900-foot formations include rock climbing, recreational hiking and other outdoor adventures. 

Seneca Rocks in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia (photo courtesy of USDA Forest Service)

Those looking for some family fun in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest need only look to Seneca Rocks, rising nearly 900 feet into the sky. Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the forest, Seneca Rocks offers rock climbing, recreational hiking and even guided horseback riding, all within the rugged surroundings of some of the best natural beauty in the Mountain State. 

The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, located at the base of the rock formation, is a great place to start for those looking to explore the area. Usually open from late March through late October, the center offers incredible views of the vertical rock face for those looking to enjoy this natural wonder without the effort of a hike.

The Seneca Rocks Trail offers a moderately difficult trek to the summit of Seneca Rocks. The 2.6-mile round trip begins at the Discovery Center before crossing Seneca Creek and then winding its way up the rock through a series of steps and switchbacks. Hikers can look for informative signs along the trail for some fun facts about Seneca Rocks and the region. After ascending about 700 feet, hikers will be able to enjoy an observation deck and take in great mountain views.  

Those looking for an alternate way to the top of Seneca Rocks can opt for a guided horseback ride courtesy of Yokum’s Riding Stables, open from April through November. Guides help visitors explore the rugged area the same way the early settlers did. 

The 90-minute ride takes visitors to the top of Seneca Rocks and back down again while also allowing for a few minutes at the summit to take in the scenery. Yokum’s Riding Stables can accommodate riders ages 6 and up and groups of up to 14 people at a time. Intersection of U.S. Route 33 and West Virginia Route 28, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia 26884, 304/567-2827, fs.usda.gov