Thorny Creek Trail - Seneca State Forest

Marlinton, West Virginia 24954

Thorny Creek Trail - Seneca State Forest

Thorny Creek Trail - Seneca State Forest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Seneca State Forest’s 23 miles of trails include sections of the 80.7-mile Greenbrier River Trail and the 330-mile Allegheny Trail. The Thorny Creek Trail loops through the heart of the forest. This trail climbs easily along Thorny Creek through rhododendron tunnels.

The sheltered creek bottom along the Thorny Creek Trail is home to a thriving stand of towering white pine and small hemlock and cove hardwoods. Seneca State Forest’s campground is considered among the best car camping in West Virginia, so plan more than a day trip.

Note - Park maps show this loop at 6.0 miles, but it is actually 7.3 miles; deer rifle season late Nov to early Dec"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt trail with sections along a gravel road
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Hiking is available year-round, but the road may be impassable due to snow in the winter. Best in spring.
Additional Use
Seneca State Forest, (304) 799-6213 or
Local Contacts
Seneca State Forest trail map; USGS quads: Clover Lick, Paddy Knob
Local Maps