Seneca State Forest

Quick Facts

Seneca State Forest

West Virginia

(304) 799-6213

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County. The forest offers pioneer guest cabins; a four(4) acre lake for trout, bass and bluegill fishing; a small campground and 11,684 acres of lush woodlands for hiking, hunting or communing with nature. The lake and forest are named after the Indian tribe which once roamed the area. Seneca's large size and modest development make it a great place to find peace and solitude.

Map of Seneca (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.327620, -79.935338

READ MORE

Activities

  • Boating

    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.

  • Bicycling

    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.

  • Camping

    Seneca State Park features a beautiful rustic camping area. This well designed campground consists of 10 large, secluded sites (one of which is accessible) in a wooded setting, with picnic tables, level tent/trailer pads, and fireplaces. Virtually any size or type of camping unit can be accommodated, but the campground is especially well suited to tents. The campground is open from April 1st to early December.

  • Fishing

    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.

  • Golfing

    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.

  • Hiking

    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.

  • Hunting

    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.

  • Picnicking

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

  • RVing

    There is no RV dumping facility at Seneca.

  • Water Sports

    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.

Seasonality/Weather

The campground is open from April 1st to early December.

Directions

Driving

Seneca State Forest is located on WV. Rt. 28, four miles south of Dunmore. It is also accessible from WV Rt. 39, five miles east of Marlinton and then 10 miles north on WV Rt. 28. Its location in central Pocahontas County, which is renowned for its scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities, make it ideal for exploring numerous points of interest. This county, nicknamed the Birthplace of Rivers, is 62% federal and state land, with Monongahela National Forest, four state parks, two state forests, and one state trail (the Greenbrier River Trail).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 799-6213

Links