Wild, Wonderfuland Wet Otter Creek

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia 26884

Wild, Wonderfuland Wet Otter Creek

Wild, Wonderful...and Wet: Otter Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Winding through its pristine Wilderness, Otter Creek is an enchanting walk at any time of year. With its cascading waterfalls, inviting swimming holes, and hidden vistas, you’re more likely to find yourself sunning on the rocks than pushing hard into the evening. Early in the morning or at twilight, the sunlight dappling the river is a magical and memorable sight.

The trails are meant to be accessible only to foot traffic, and not all of the deadfalls are removed as part of the maintenance that occurs. The Forest Service maintains the Wilderness this way to keep it wild, and it has done so successfully: the Wilderness is also one of the few areas in West Virginia where there is a healthy population of black bears.

In any season, the pools, rapids, eddies, and waterfalls of Otter Creek make for an extraordinary hike, particularly if you can time your visit so that there’s ample water in the creek, but not so much that the four fords becomes excessively difficult. This is an excellent trip for setting up camp at a beautiful spot beside a swimming hole and doing some day-hiking along the tributary valleys."

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Trail Information

Seneca Rocks
Nearby City
3,314 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
2-3 days
Additional Use
Cheat Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, West Virginia, at 304-636-1800
Local Contacts
USGS Quads: Parsons, Mozark Mountain, Bowden, and Harman
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018