Potomac Highlands Loop Seneca Rocks and Smoke Hole Canyon

Petersburg, West Virginia

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A 72-mile loop in the magnificent Potomac Highlands along mountain streams, past towering Seneca Rocks and through unspoiled Smoke Hole Canyon. The Potomac Highlands includes the headwaters of the two south branches of the Potomac River adjacent to the imposing Allegheny Front through some of West Virginia’s most magnificent scenery. This 72-mile loop heads south along the North Fork past Seneca Rocks, one of West Virginia’s best-known landmarks. It then climbs over North Fork Mountain to go north along the South Branch through narrow Smoke Hole Canyon to complete the loop. Along the way are mountain vistas, imposing rock formations, and good fishing, camping, and hiking. Special Attractions: Seneca Rocks, the Allegheny Front, tourist caves, and Smoke Hole Canyon. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving West Virginia

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Scenic Driving West Virginia

by Bruce Sloane (Falcon Guides)

A 72-mile loop in the magnificent Potomac Highlands along mountain streams, past towering Seneca Rocks and through unspoiled Smoke Hole Canyon. The Potomac Highlands includes the headwaters of the two south branches of the Potomac River adjacent to the imposing Allegheny Front through some of West Virginia’s most magnificent scenery. This 72-mile loop heads south along the North Fork past Seneca Rocks, one of West Virginia’s best-known landmarks.

It then climbs over North Fork Mountain to go north along the South Branch through narrow Smoke Hole Canyon to complete the loop. Along the way are mountain vistas, imposing rock formations, and good fishing, camping, and hiking. Special Attractions: Seneca Rocks, the Allegheny Front, tourist caves, and Smoke Hole Canyon. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Bruce Sloane/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 72
Season: Year-round, although one section may be closed in winter
Local Contacts: Monongahela National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Potomac Highlands Loop: Seneca Rocks and Smoke Hole Canyon

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