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Potomac Highlands Region
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Katelyn Curry
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Jeff Lee
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Seneca Rocks © Tori Buck
Seneca Rocks is an unincorporated community located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. The community of Seneca Rocks formerly known as Mouth of Seneca lies along West Virginia Route 28/West Virginia Route 55 near the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork South Branch Potomac River. The community also lies near Seneca Rocks, the crag from which it takes its name. Both lie within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Katelyn Curry
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Seneca Rocks © Cathrine Curry
View from the overlook.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Seneca Rocks © Jason Vickers
Seneca Rocks is a large crag and local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, USA. It is easily visible and accessible along West Virginia Route 28 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces of Seneca Rocks are a popular challenge for rock climbers.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Spruce Knob © Tori Buck
Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet 1,482 m,1 is the highest point in the state of West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the tallest mountain in the Alleghenies.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Seneca Rocks © Tori Buck
Seneca Rocks is an unincorporated community located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. The community of Seneca Rocks formerly known as Mouth of Seneca lies along West Virginia Route 28/West Virginia Route 55 near the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork South Branch Potomac River. The community also lies near Seneca Rocks, the crag from which it takes its name. Both lie within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Harpers Country Store © Tori Buck
Harpers Old Country Store One of West Virginias oldest continuously operated businesses dates to 1902. A general country store serving generations. An excellent place to browse and relax in a setting of yesteryear. Located in Seneca Rocks Recreation area.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Seneca Rocks © Cathrine Curry
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Spruce Knob © Jason Vickers
Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet 1,482 m, is the highest point in the state of West Virginia, USA, and the summit of Spruce Mountain, the tallest mountain in the Alleghenies.
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area © Brian M. Powell (user Bitmapped on en.wikipedia) / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Mouth of Seneca Creek at Seneca Rocks, in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, West Virginia.Tributary of the Potomac River watershed.
SPRUCE KNOB-SENECA ROCKS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
SPRUCE KNOB-SENECA ROCKS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Riverton, West Virginia   26814
(lat:38.7981 lon:-79.5013)

Phone: 304-567-2827
Encompassing 100,000 acres, the scenic Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area NRA contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast, outstanding views and a chance to enjoy America's great outdoors.

Visitor facilities include the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, Seneca Shadows and Big Bend Campgrounds, and the Spruce Knob Tower. Many thousands of acres of unspoiled quiet land await discovery. Use your imagination to see how the area may have looked to the early settlers, as they crested the mountain ridges or moved up the river. Imagine living a self-sufficient life on a high hillside farm. Envision the Native Americans gathering food on hunting forays. You will discover not only beauty, but a sense of history in the NRA.
History of the Area
Congress established the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in 1965. This area is unique because it was the first NRA to be designated in the USDA Forest Service.

The Forest Service was directed to manage this special area with emphasis on the outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, cultural resource protection and scientific study. Other resources are managed in harmony with these emphasized activities. Cattle and sheep graze much of the open area, maintaining these areas in their open state, providing visual quality and benefiting wildlife while also providing beef and wool to local communities.

Parts of the National Recreation Area are leased for natural gas production openings built for gas wells are seeded with game-supporting grasses. Some areas are leased to farmers who raise corn or hay, continuing the rural agriculture landscape that has existed here for nearly 200 years. The Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks NRA provides a wealth of products, resources and recreational opportunities.


Location
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is located near Elkins


Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 24 Great motorcycle country by RC
Been there a few times on our motorcycles. Just great riding in that area. Love the scenery and the roads. We will do it again for sure!
September 4 Fun for everyone by Morgan
The whole family can enjoy this area including your dogs! There are beautiful trails and streams. Fishing is available and the scenary is amazing.
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