Backpacking — Seneca Creek Backcountry


Seneca Creek/Spruce Knob offers a diverse backcountry to explore. Nearly 60 miles of trails wind through 19,600 acres of red spruce stands, open meadows and fast-flowing mountain streams. Beautiful northern hardwood forests of maple, beech, birch, cherry and other trees cover much of the area creating a brilliant display of fall color. Trail Map (4.2MB pdf)

Directions from Morgantown

take I-79 south to Weston (exit 99). Take rt. 33 east to Elkins. Continue on 33 east for 18 miles to cr-3 (Rich Mtn Rd). Turn right and go 1.7 miles to Job and then on cr-29 (Whitmer Rd) for 15 miles. There are 7 trailheads along this road starting at 1 mile south of Whitmer. At the end of cr-29, go left (east) on FR1 and FR112 past Spruce Knob Lake CG. Three more trailheads are on your left. Continue on to Spruce Knob where is another trailhead.

Travel Time: 2 1/2 hr


Backpacking, Hiking, Sight Seeing (Views), Swimming Holes, Mountain Biking, Camping


Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240, Petersburg, WV 26847, 1.5 miles south of Petersburg off Rt. 28/55


304-257-4488 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

Web resources:

Seneca Creek BC – Mon. Nat. Forest Site

ORC Resources:

Brochure, Books – “Monongahelia National Forest Hiking Guide”, “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”, “West Virginia Hiking Trails”

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