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Open Daily April through November

Seneca State Forest is an ideal place to enjoy tent camping or lodging in a rustic cabin, along with great outdoor recreation.  The oldest state forest in West Virginia, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River.

Seneca is the name of an Indian tribe of the Iroquois nation, who inhabited the region in the mid-1700’s when white men began settling the area.  More than 11,000 acres of lush forest woodlands is much like when the Indians inhabited the area – thick forests, plentiful ferns growing in the shade, bright spring flowers, and dozens of bird species who call the forest home.

Hiking enthusiasts will find over 20 miles of hiking trails varying from easy to difficult.  The Allegheny Trail cuts through parts of the Seneca Forest and the Greenbrier River Trail, one of the state’s most popular rail-trails, runs through the Forest adjacent to the Greenbrier River.

Bicyclists will enjoy 40 miles of forest roads and trails that will challenge your skills.  Most of the trails are derived from logging roads of long ago and so come equipped with bumps, dips, and mud holes.

The Greenbrier River runs along the edge of the Forest so bring your fishing pole.  The River contains both Small-mouth bass and Rock-bass in the Seneca area.  If you prefer, you can fish for Large-mouth bass or Bluegill in the lake.

One of the most unique features of the Seneca Forest is the old cabins built in the early 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  Step back in time in the rustic cabins which feature gas lamps, wood-burning stoves, no running water or electricity, and outside toilet facilities.  The large cabins can sleep groups or families and are available for four nights or more. 

Evenings can be spent around an open campfire or enjoying a casual game of horseshoes or volleyball.  The picnic area has a large shelter with picnic sites, tables and fireplaces.  Drinking water is available on site as are rest rooms. 

Seneca State Forest is located on WV Route 28, six miles south of Dunmore. Families and individuals can spend an entire summer vacation at Seneca State Forest – there is something to do for everyone.

Photos courtesy Ron Snow - WV Commerce