Become a true West Virginia pioneer at Seneca State Forest

Enjoy a getaway as you explore West Virginia’s oldest forest

Located in rugged Pocahontas County, Seneca State Forest is the state’s oldest and largest forest. With more than 12,000 acres of lush woodlands to explore, Seneca State Forest is perfect for communing with nature.

Everyone needs to experience the calmness of a secluded forest retreat at least once in their life. If the thought of muting the hectic buzzing of modern life and truly unplugging from the stresses of today’s fast-paced world sounds like heaven to you, plan a trip to Seneca and enjoy the peace and quiet of West Virginia’s backcountry.

“Every visit to Seneca is relaxing, calm, and peaceful. The staff are wonderful, the park is beautiful and it is like going back in time to a very special place. You can hike, fish, canoe, camp, or just read a book overlooking the river or the lake or just have a great picnic. There is no Wi-Fi, no cell coverage, no electric anything — just peace.”

– Dan E, TripAdvisor Reviewer

Nature’s Hideaway

Seneca State Forest is a vast outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Exploring this expansive forest may be done by hiking or biking any of the forest’s 23 miles of winding trails. While trekking across the rugged terrain, you are shaded by towering trees. Enjoy blooming rhododendron and abundant wildlife. Additionally, boating and swimming in Seneca Lake and the Greenbrier River is a refreshing way to cool off from the summer heat.

For outdoor sportsmen, fishing and hunting are permitted in the forest. Deer, bear, turkey, and small game are popular quarry for hunters. Additionally, the Seneca Lake is stocked with trout in the spring and fall. Before hunting and fishing, make sure you obtain the proper licensure (hyperlink:

“We loved winding slowly to the lookout post at the top and then around the charming lake by which many fishers were awaiting their catch.”

– Joan N, TripAdvisor Reviewer

Live the life of the pioneers

Travel back in time and live the life of a mountain pioneer in one of Seneca State Forest’s eight rustic pioneer cabins. The lack of running water or electricity add to the charm of these wood frame cabins. Seneca’s cabins do include a fully equipped kitchen with a gas refrigerator and wood-burning stove. At night, guests can snuggle up and relax by the flickering light of a stone fireplace.

“Absolutely loved our stay. We were in cabin #6 and it was spacious and extremely clean. It was so peaceful and the views are beautiful.”

– Kerrih381, TripAdvisor Reviewer
Fire tower Seneca State Forest

The most unique stay in West Virginia

If you are looking for a truly unique and extraordinary experience, book a stay in the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. The 65-foot tower provides 360-degree views of the forest and unobstructed views of the night sky. After a day of outdoor adventure, delight in a spectacular, starry exhibition. The tower is equipped with two cots but can sleep up to four quests. Book this one-of-a-kind stay up to in a year in advance. The tower is in high demand.

“Stayed in the fire tower and all I can say is you have to do this. View is the most awesome thing and so peaceful.”

– Chip T, TripAdvisor Reviewer

Local finds

There are plenty of must-see attractions within a short driving distance from Seneca State Forest. As you plan your stay, don’t forget to check out these other local finds. The Greenbrier River Trail is a favorite for hikers and bikers. This 78-mile rail trail follows the Greenbrier River and runs through some of the most remote areas of West Virginia. Additionally, Watoga, Droop Mountain Battlefield, Beartown and Cass Scenic Railroad state parks are all within close proximity. Also, science lovers can visit nearby Green Bank Observatory, where they can enjoy a free guided tour of the facilities, including the Green Bank Telescope.

Visit Seneca State Park and unwind in the peace and solitude of nature without the distractions of modern-day life. Book your adventure today!

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