What is there to do at Seneca?
While there is not an overabundance of programmed activities and entertainment in the area, the options are long for outdoor recreation. Check out the Recreation page for more details.
If I rent a cabin, what will I need to bring?
A flashlight is needed because the cabins have no exterior lighting. Otherwise, we provide virtually all of the essentials, so just pack food, personal items, and the recreational gear of your choice.
What are your hiking trails like?
All of our trails are well marked and signed at each intersection, so anyone armed with a forest map can easily follow them. The terrain is moderately rugged in the forest, and some trails require unbridged stream crossings in wet weather. Most trails are open to mountain bikes and horses, but even so they are not heavily used and so offer a genuine opportunity for solitude and enjoyment of nature. In fact, some of our trails feature moss carpeting for your walking enjoyment! The Crestline Trail is the only one with overlooks, and there are no significant waterfalls in Seneca. One of our best trails is the Thorny Creek Trail due to its relatively easy grades and the adjacent stream.
How far in advance should I make reservations?
We do not accept reservations for the campground, but it rarely fills up anyway. For cabin rentals this is a difficult question to answer because it varies so much. We accept cabin reservations 12 months ahead, beginning the 1st of the month, and the further ahead you call the better your options will be. Based on past experience, however, you can use the following information as a rule of thumb: Try to call us 10 to 12 months ahead for October weekends and the week of Thanksgiving. Call us 6 months ahead for spring weekends, summer weeklong rentals, and October weekdays. Call 2- 3 months ahead for spring weekdays, and September and November weekends. Call 1 month or less ahead for September and November weekdays. Keep in mind that we offer no overnight accommodations from early December to mid April. If you cannot give the advance notice recommended above, call us anyway; you just might find an opening on shorter notice because of cancellations or other reasons.
Will I be staying near water?
Seneca is endowed with the Greenbrier River and Seneca Lake. The cabins are all located on one or the other of these bodies of water. The campsites are along a small intermittent stream about 2 miles from the lake and 6 miles from the river. The beautiful Greenbrier River is the longest undammed river in the eastern U. S.. Its flow fluctuates rapidly and often, so it is difficult to predict what it will be suitable for in advance. At moderately high flows (3' or above), it is suitable for canoeing. At moderate flows (2-4') it is suitable for tubing and swimming. At low flows (under 2', it is suitable for swimming and snorkeling. Fishing in the river is generally good throughout the spring, summer and fall. It has a rocky bottom and a shallow pool and riffle character throughout this area. There is virtually no whitewater on it.
Seneca Lake is a small man-made impoundment of 4 acres exclusively for boating and fishing. It is stocked with trout throughout the spring and again in October. During the summer the largemouth bass and bluegill are the easiest to catch.
Where is the nearest place to get gas or groceries?
15 miles south of the park office in Marlinton, WV or five miles to the north at Dunmore.
If you have other questions please feel free to e-mail or call us. We will do our best to answer them.