Explore New Heights: Reaching the Seneca Rocks Peak

If you’re looking to explore at higher elevations, a massive rocky ridge awaits you–Seneca Rocks. This well-known and well-loved rock formation attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all around, and it’s no wonder so many come to see it. This sheer rock towers over the North Fork river valley and provides views that are simply like no other.

You may be wondering how to reach the top of this 900-foot rock wall. Fortunately, you’ve got options. Here are 3 unique ways to reach the peak of Seneca Rocks.

1. Hike

Hike a 1.3 mile (2.6 miles round-trip) trail to the top of Seneca Rocks on the Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail. The trailhead begins at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, crosses a bridge over Seneca Creek and then ascends the mountain. Once you’ve reached the top, take a break on the observation deck. Here, you can soak in the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and valley below. This trail gains over 700 feet in elevation, so bring some water and good shoes.

2. Horseback

Rest your feet and ride horseback to the top of the mountain with Yokum’s Seneca Rocks Stables. Atop a gentle, well-trained and sturdy horse, you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy both scenic views and a leisurely ride up the mountain and back. All excursions are led by an experienced guide, and children 6 and up are welcome to come along on the journey. This unique experience will certainly provide memories of a lifetime for the whole family.

3. Climb

Gear up and climb Seneca Rocks with Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides. The hardness of the Tuscarora sandstone and degree of climbing difficulty certainly provides a unique experience for rock climbers. There are over 375 mapped climbing routes ranging in degree of difficulty from easiest (5.0) to most difficult (5.12). All equipment is provided, and no experience is needed, making it a great option for beginners and experienced climbers alike.

Once you’re back on ground level, check out what the rest of the Potomac Highlands has to offer. Request a copy of our Vacation Guide for inspiration on navigating this region abundant in adventure.

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This post was last updated on June 21, 2022