Seneca Rocks Travel Guide

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Seneca Rocks Things to Do

  • Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

    The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, operated by the U.S. National Forest Service, is a wonderful place to learn more about Seneca Rocks, its geology and the surrounding Monongahela National Forest. Large plate glass windows to the rear of the building offer a clear view for watching climbers on the mountain. Also there are museum type exhibits and a...

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  • The Sites Family Homestead

    The National Forest Service has done an excellent job in restoring and preserving the historic Jacob Sites Homestead near the base of Seneca Rocks. It is a place of interest for history buffs and for anyone who loves country things.The Homestead originally consisted of a one room log cabin, built in 1839. William Sites, one of Jacob's two sons,...

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  • Seneca Rocks

    Seneca Rocks, soaring 900 feet above the North Fork River, is not the highest mountain in West Virginia, yet it stands out from all the other peaks in the Mountain State. As the name implies, Seneca Rocks is a rocky crag, more reminiscent of the western Rocky Mountains than the generally forested peaks of the Appalachians.The peak has long been a...

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Seneca Rocks Restaurants

  • Fantastic Views - Great Food

    If you want to experience a tasty meal in authentic Mountaineer surroundings with a view to remember then the Front Porch Restaurant is for you. It's on the second story above Harper's General Store, one of the only buildings, and the tallest one (two stories) in downtown Seneca Rocks.I darted into the place during a driving summer thunderstorm and...

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  • Smoke Hole Caverns Restaurant

    This was a privately run tourist attraction as I recall. They had a very nice little restaurant .Not many people were eating when we were there.. They were friendly and the food was great and they had this ferocious Bear standing by the door.. I recomend eating lunch at Smoke Hole caverns It's been a few years but I hope the restaurant is still...

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Seneca Rocks Shopping

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    Harper's Old Country Store 2 more images

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Since 1902 Harper's Old Country Store has been the primary business establishment in beautiful downtown Seneca Rocks. This is not a tourist attraction, but a genuine old country store which has served this small mountain community for more than a century.

    The Front Porch Restaurant is on the second story above the store.

    What to buy: Groceries, hardware, sundries, etc. as well as some items for outdoorsmen, rock climbers and tourists. There is a gas pump in front of the store.

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Seneca Rocks Warnings and Dangers

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    Emergency Helipad at Seneca Rocks

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    If I were tempted to try my skills at rock climbing here at Seneca Rocks, I would think twice about it after seeing this Emergency Helipad at the base of the rock.

    If you have an accident here a medivac team might airlift you to the hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, but it could cost you an arm and a leg - if you're lucky. If you're not lucky, it could cost your life.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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Seneca Rocks Off The Beaten Path

  • Do not leave the trail, snakes!

    Besides causing erosion on the mountain another reason to not leave the trail is snakes. Specifically timber rattlers!!! We saw one cross the trail in front of us, then once it got down in the leaves off the trail you couldn't see it. But, we heard it rattle. Not something I would want to step on off trail.

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  • Do not leave the trail on the way up!

    There are places that you can leave the main trail and take "shortcuts"from one level to another! DO NOT DO THIS---my head was bitten off by some very rude rock climber who apparently thought it was HIS set of rocks and not everyones. He said that shortcuts can cause erosion on the mountainside. He is probably right but his attitude was definitely...

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Seneca Rocks Sports & Outdoors

  • Take a Hike

    A self-interpretive 1.3-mile trail, beginning behind the Discovery Center, offers the non-technical-climber like me a way to reach the top of the rocks. The trail begins with the a bridge across the North Fork River then becomes a steep climb, but one that can still be enjoyed by most people in decent shape. Along the trail are steps, switchbacks...

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  • Catch and Release Fishing

    At the base of Seneca Rocks runs the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. This is the same river which eventually reaches tidewater near Washington, DC. Those with a West Virginia fishing license may try their luck at catching trout here but "Catch and Release" is the only type of fishing allowed near the visitor center for a 3/4...

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  • Climbing the Rocks

    There are more than 375 routes for rock climbers to use in conquering Seneca Rocks. Personally, I'm not built for technical climbing and am too afraid of heights to dangle off a cliff by a rope. However, I have been fascinated to watch experienced climbers ascend Seneca Rocks. Seneca Rocks and nearby Champe Rocks are among the most imposing...

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  • Wildlife Sightings

    The forests and meadows around Seneca Rocks are a great place for viewing native wildlife in its natural habitat. The open area directly behind the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is an especially good place to see animals which often come out to feed in the early morning or the late afternoon.Pictured are a few of the whitetail deer I saw in the...

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  • Of course, the lure of the...

    Of course, the lure of the town of Seneca Rocks is the rocks themselves. Legend has it that a Seneca Indian princess plunged to her death from the cliffs when her father, the chief, denied her marriage to a white man. (It seems to me that there are a lot of these forlorn-princess stories around!!). The Rocks are impressive. There is an observation...

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