Seneca Creek Trail to Spruce Knob Summit - Spruce Knob–Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia 26884

Seneca Creek Trail to Spruce Knob Summit - Spruce Knob–Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

Seneca Creek Trail to Spruce Knob Summit - Spruce Knob–Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Sure, you could drive to within 900 feet of the highest point in West Virginia. But creek-to- peak is the only honorable way to summit Spruce Knob, and the Seneca Creek to Huckleberry Trail is your ticket.

Parallel Seneca Creek—this backcountry trail is on the beaten path, and for good reason—and then hike a steep section of trail through a dense forest to the Huckleberry Trail, which takes you along the ridge all the way to Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4,863 feet. This 11.3-mile trail plus a shuttle might take all day, which allows you to end it by watching the sunset from Spruce Knob. Alternately, you can do it as an overnighter and enjoy pitching your tent in the high meadow backcountry sites, where you can fall asleep under the stars."

Seneca Creek Trail to Spruce Knob Summit - Spruce Knob–Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Trip Reports

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9/5/2005
This was a terrific hike, my dog and I are enthusiatic though not experienced hikers and we loved it!
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8/19/2005
Our group didn't do the whole trail listed as-is. Instead, we went in on the Seneca Creek trail, took the Judy Springs trail and hooked up with the Huckleberry trail to the summit. This was actually a very nice variation, and the Judy Springs shortcut was really beautiful including a picturesque sloped field and the springs that are the trails namesake. Note to those interested in hiking in and camping, there are MANY places along the Seneca Creek Trail and Huckleberry trail that have a lot of flat space and quite a few firepits.
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Trail Information

Seneca Rocks
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11.3
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Rocky dirt trail with stream crossings
Terrain
Difficult
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Duration
Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter. Best spring through fall.
Season
Monongahela National Forest, Potomac office of the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, (304) 257- 4488 or www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Local Contacts
Seneca Creek Backcountry map (available from Forest Service); USGS quads: Circleville, Onego, Spruce Knob, Whitmer
Local Maps

Trail Log