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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulSeneca Rocks Picnic Area

About Star-Rated PicnicsPotomac Ranger District
HC 59, Box 240
Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone: (304) 257-4488

Seneca Rocks Picnic AreaThis scenic picnic spot is a perfect location to view the beauty of Seneca Rocks. Picnic sites are located in an open meadow.

Adjacent to the North Fork of the South Branch River near the base of Seneca Rocks on the North side of the village of Seneca Rocks, WV.

Season: Open April 1st through November 30th.

Facilities: Each site includes a table and grill. Picnic sites are scattered along the bottom of the field. Double sites are available. A large paved parking area that can accommodate buses as well as personal vehicles is available. The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is within walking distance. A flush bathroom is centrally located close to the picnic area.

Scenic View: Seneca Rocks is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia. These rocks have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers.

Hiking: A foot trail leading to a point near the summit of Seneca Rocks leaves the south parking lot. This trail has gentle grades and is approximately 1.3 miles long. The trail terminates near the north peak of Seneca Rocks. For those that wish to leisurely hike the 700 foot elevation ascent several benches are located along the trail.

Historic Area: The Sites Homestead is located within walking distance. This structure was originally constructed in 1839 and contains a garden typical of those of other 1800's family farms.

Fishing: "Catch and release" is the only type of fishing allowed in this area. All fish must be returned to the water and only artificial lures may be used. Possession of bait is illegal. The area is patrolled by West Virginia Conservation Officers. Special area regulations may be found in the West Virginia fishing regulations brochure is available at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.

Fees: There are no fees for use of the picnic area.

Are you able to reserve a site? No. Sites are on a first come, first served basis.

Notes: Limited to day-use only.

Online at: Seneca Rocks Picnic Area

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