48 Hours in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

Spanning an impressive 100,000 acres, the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area is home to some of the Mountain State’s most iconic spots, jaw-dropping views and thrilling adventures. Escape to this slice of Almost Heaven for just 48 hours and experience unmatched natural beauty paired with world-class outdoor recreation.

Spruce Knob

Catch incomparable Almost Heaven views atop Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point. From magnificent sunrises to stunning sunsets, it’s hard to beat the 360-degree panoramic views reached from a climb up the Spruce Knob Observation Tower at nearly 5,000 feet high. Take breaths of fresh mountain air while hiking or biking the area’s available 75 miles of spruce-lined trails, many of which lead to astonishing overlooks. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way, such as Black Bear, rabbits, porcupine, hawks, falcons, eagles and more. Learn about the history of this location by stopping to read the scattered information boards or enjoy a lovely packed lunch at one of the secluded picnic sites.

Seneca Rocks

Reach new heights with a fearless climb up one of the state’s most well-known landmarks, Seneca Rocks. Ascending nearly 900 feet, this magnificent formation has become a beloved destination amongst rock climbers worldwide. Learn the basics of scaling a peak from an experienced mountain guide with a lesson on-site or find yourself on top after a 1.3-mile uphill hike. Tackle the summit with a guided horseback ride from Yokum’s Seneca Rock Stables. For those more comfortable on the ground, the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center also provides a majestic view of the rocks with no climb required. Explore the area on two wheels with mountain biking trails ranging in skill levels of all kinds.

Local Eats

Swing by The Grove Cafe & Bakery in Petersburg to fuel up for an adventurous day. Sip on a latte, cappuccino, cold brew or traditional cup of joe while enjoying the quaint atmosphere. Savor sweet bakery treats or choose a hearty breakfast sandwich combo. Visit The Gateway Restaurant in Riverton to indulge in made-from-scratch comfort foods after a day spent outdoors. Hot roast beef and chicken pot pie are among the favorites served here. Top it off with a delicious slice of pie or bowl of fresh cobbler. Yokum’s Grill also makes a great spot to treat yourself after a climb up Seneca Rocks. This laid-back general store makes tasty bar bites, burgers, wings, wraps and more.

Rest Your Head

Stay within the peaceful oasis of the community named Cabins, just a short drive from the Spruce Knob- Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Here, Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins offers 20 riverside luxury log cabin rentals ranging from one to four bedrooms. Or book one of the 10 available rooms in the nearby North Fork Mountain Inn. Find yourself in the company of a complete selection of fine wines and beers and even an award-winning chef. For a unique stay, visit Yokum’s Vacationland and spend the night in a unique teepee-inspired spot. Located just across the road from Seneca Rocks, guests can witness the impressive formation against the backdrop of a star-filled night sky.

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This post was last updated on January 18, 2024