Seneca Shadows Campground Review


We recently took a family camping trip to Seneca Rocks in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. We camped for three days at Seneca Shadows Campground. The campground sits within the Monongahela National Forest, which extends over the north central highlands of the state.

There are a total of 81 sites, including, standard electric (13), standard nonelectric (25), group tent area (3), and walk to tent area (40). Be aware when making a reservation some electric sites are double sites, which means 2 electric hookups, 2 tent pads, 2 picnic tables, and almost double the cost of a regular site. We stayed in Loop C which is the standard electric hookup area. There is no view of the rocks from Loop C, but it’s just a short walk around the bath house. The bathroom/shower houses are clean and well maintained. There is a nice grassy area near the walk up tent sites to let the kids run around and play. Be prepared to let go of your technology because there is no cell service. Seneca Shadows is a well maintained campground. The managers were very nice and helpful.

Seneca Rocks

Seneca Rocks rises nearly 900 feet and overlooks the Seneca Rocks community, formerly known as the “Mouth of Seneca”. There is a North and South Peak with a notch between. The south peak is only accessible by experienced rock climbers. Evidence shows that Native Americans camped at the mouth of Seneca Creek. Two villages were uncovered during the excavation for the Visitor Center. The Seneca Rocks Trail is a moderate 3.2-mile hike to an observation platform with a great view.

Activities & amenities within campground

• Amphitheater
• Electrical Hookups
• Firewood – $7 bundle/$20 for 3
• Picnic Tables
• Tent Pads
• Campfire Rings
• Flush Toilets
• Showers
• Walking Trails

Activities outside of campground (within 1-2 miles)

• Rock Climbing
• Discovery Center
• Fishing
• Hiking
• Yokum’s General Store
• Climbing Shop
• Harper’s Old Country Store/Restaurant
• Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides

Nearby parks within 10 miles

• Spruce Knob
• Seneca Caverns
• Smoke Hole Caverns

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