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Things to Do


Even the serious hiker will be impressed by 23 miles of challenging forest trails. In addition, the Allegheny Trail winds though the forest, and the adjacent Greenbrier River Trail is accessible from Seneca.

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A total of 40 miles of forest trails and roads are open to bicycling. Access to the Greenbrier River Trail provides even more opportunities, and nearby are the mountain biking hotspots of Snowshoe and Elk River Touring Center. Families will find the grounds of the nearby National Radio Astronomy Observatory a good place for leisurely bicycling.


Numerous picnic sites and a large shelter are provided for the enjoyment of visitors.
These sites offer tables, fireplaces, drinking water and toilet facilities.


greenbrier river trail and greenbrier river
Greenbrier River Trail - A view from
Seneca River Cabin Area

Properly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt in the forest in season.  A 500 foot no hunting zone surrounds all forest facilities.  Deer, bear, turkey, and small game are popular quarry for hunters.


Seneca Lake is stocked with trout in the spring and fall and offers largemouth bass and bluegill fishing as well. An accessible fishing pier and restroom are provided. The nearby Greenbrier River offers the angler many species of fish including smallmouth and rock bass. Normal licensing is required. Within an hour's drive you can access many of the state's best trout streams.


canoes for rent at Seneca State ForestBoating

Canoes, rowboats, and a paddleboat are provided on Seneca Lake. Cabin guests have free access to these boats at no charge, while others wishing to use them must pay a fee. Lifejackets are provided.


Visitors may swim unsupervised in the cool water of the Greenbrier River, which is also suitable at times for canoeing, tubing and snorkeling. Another option is to visit Watoga State Park's swimming pool. Cabin guests may request a free pass to this pool in season.


Available on Rt 219 just south of Marlinton at the Pocahontas Country Club or north of Marlinton at Snowshoe's Hawthorne Valley 18-hole course.


  • Playground
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Free lending library of reading materials for use by overnight guests.


The fire tower at Seneca State Forest is known as The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. It was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide better coverage of the Greenbrier River Valley. It is a steel tower standing at 53 feet with a 14'x14' living quarters. It is a unique tower for West Virginia.  Learn more

Nearby Attractions:

GAUDINEER KNOB, Rt. 92/250 between Durbin and Huttonsville.  Breathtaking overlook, good picnic area, nearby stand of virgin spruce trees.  45 min. drive.

The NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY is located in Green Bank, approximately 10 miles north of Seneca, and offers free guided tours.  It is also a wonderful area to bicycle.  There is an extensive playground at the adjacent elementary school.  Inquire at the forest office for a tour schedule.

CASS SCENIC RAILROAD STATE PARK, Rt. 66, a historic logging town, steam engine excursions to the top of Bald Knob, third highest point in WV. 20 min drive.

DURBIN AND GREENBRIER VALLEY RAILROAD, Rt. 92/250 in Durbin.  Privately run excursion trains along the Greenbrier River or atop Cheat Mountain.  Call 456-4935 for information.

PEARL BUCK BIRTHPLACE AND MUSEUM, Rt. 219 south at Hillsboro.   Former home of award-winning author.  35 min. drive.

DROOP MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD, Rt. 219 south of Hillsboro.  Site of the largest Civil War Battle in WV. Small museum, trails, overlook, picnicking.  40 min. drive.

BEARTOWN STATE PARK, Rt. 219 just south of Droop Mountain Battlefield. Captivating natural area, with boardwalk through strange rock formations.  45 min. drive.

EDRAY FISH HATCHERY, Rt. 219 north of Marlinton.  Trout rearing ponds and chutes.  25 min. drive.

FALLS OF HILLS CREEK, Rt. 55 west of Cranberry Glades.  Though a small stream, Hills Creek has the second highest waterfall in WV at 63 ft. and has three separate falls.  50 min. drive.

CRANBERRY GLADES AND VISITOR'S CENTER, Rt. 55 west of Mill Point.  Interpretative displays, boardwalk through a unique botanical area.  The Highland Scenic Highway, Rt. 150, which begins here, provides beautiful mountain scenery.   45 min. drive to visitor's center.

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