Seneca State Forest
Seneca State Forest
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West Virginia’s oldest and largest state forest, Seneca State Forest is located in rugged Pocahontas County with 12,884 acres of lush woodlands to explore. Recreational opportunities include boating in Seneca Lake or the nearby Greenbrier River or hiking or biking 23 miles of trails. Relax in a rustic cabin or campsite. Seneca is perhaps best known for the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower, which provides sweeping panoramas and is available to book for overnight stays.
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linusmum
North Carolina Mountains, NC44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We stayed at Seneca State Forest for four nights in Cabin 2, which is a four-person cabin (two double beds) with our two kids (ages between 8 and 13). The setting and the forest could not be lovelier. This cabin is between Cabin 3 and 5 but it didn't feel like one was on top of one's neighbors. You can see the small lake easily from the front porch; it is a very quiet and peaceful place. This is very much a primitive cabin, it has a propane oven/stove (apparently a new addition), a wood cookstove, propane refrigerator, and propane lights. The oven and refrigerator work well but it is VERY dim inside the cabin, even in the daytime and even with the lights on. I would recommend bringing portable LED lights, because while it is homey with the propane lights, it is hard as heck to see after sundown. There is no AC, a vault toilet, and water has to be pumped and heated for dishes or washing, if you want hot water. For a few days, it isn't that bad and my kids mostly enjoyed pumping water once they got the hang of it. Cabin 2 shares the pump with cabin 5.

The cabin has a bedroom and a niche, which with a privacy curtain, serves as the second bedroom. There is a nice sized table and chairs/couch. However, it can get a bit crowded and I ran into the very substantial arms of the furniture several times and have the bruises to show for it. The front porch is good for sitting and watching the world go by. However, it is BUGGY so be prepared with plenty of DEET or your favorite inset repellent. The main issue with this cabin is that it apparently has an ongoing mice issue. Our third night brought out a critter and we could hear them in the walls. Apparently the facilities folks were familiar with the issue (not really reassuring) and set some traps. But long term remediation doesn't seem to be on their radar. It's not too surprising given the age of the cabins and the setting, but I would have preferred a mouse free vacation. We did see a big black snake slithering under the house, we assume to hunt them, so there is some sort of mouse control, at least!

The other thing that we saw were tons of salamanders. They were all over and the kids sure had fun finding them and picking them up to examine. The little lake is fun; if you are renting a cabin, access to them is free and our cabin also came with life jackets. For the cabin, the vault toilet, woodshed (comes stocked), and boats/oars/kayaks, the keychain you are issued at check-in is included. We had fun going around the lake; it's not so big that one gets tired traversing it. Also, big AND little fish occupy the pond and if you are lucky, you can see a big one jump.

Surrounding Seneca there is a bit to do but remember that you are in a National Radio Quiet Zone and so you will NOT have cell service access, which can make navigating a bit of a challenge. We got cell service in nearby towns and wifi at the park office, but out and about, beware because there is zip and you really aren't going to get lucky and pick up a signal unless you are near a major town.

We LOVED the Green Bank Observatory. The tour with bus ride is totally worth it. It's really amazing. We went up to Snowshoe, too, and hit Cass on the way. Both interesting and worth seeing.

Finally, just a note that showers are now not coin operated and there are two at the main office. Just check in with the office and they'll tell you how to use them. There is single coin operated washing machine ($1.25 per load) and a dryer ($0.50 per 15 minutes of drying).

Overall recommend highly with only the mouse caveat.
Written July 31, 2022
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S. Skidmore
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Enjoyed a 2-night stay in the Fire Tower @ Seneca State Forest. This was our second time staying in the tower and we've already booked again for next year. It is such a fun adventure and the view from the top is amazing. Then the sun goes down and the stars come out--breathtaking! I recommend this to everyone -- but keep in mind there are no frills--it is just a box way up in the air with two cots. You have to take your own bedding. There is a picnic shelter, fire ring and pit toilets down at the ground. It really is fun for those who like the outdoors.
Written August 16, 2019
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Dan E
Lewisburg, WV36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
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 wifi, no cell coverage, no electric anything -- just peace. The campground is clean and scenic. The cabins are well kept and have comfortable beds and plenty of room for the family dinner. The only "modern" appliance are the propane refrigerators in the cabins. Propane lights are also in the cabins, along with a wood burning cook stove and wood burning fireplace. The park staff keep you well supplied with split and stacked firewood. The outdoor restrooms are spotless and odor free and the hand pumped well is just outside the cabin. Showers are available at the park office. If your looking for a chance to truly get a rest from a hectic life, come here.
Written April 4, 2019
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MargaRita P
Charleston, WV113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Seneca State Forest is WV's oldest state forests and it definitely off the beaten path but is a must do adventure! We stayed in the pioneer cabin number six and number eight. Both have easy access, with a short hike to the river, for kayak access. The cabins are very rustic, "Pioneer" style, no electric or running water. An outhouse and a water pump/well are available for your convenience. LOL.
Written June 20, 2017
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Dutch O
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We have stayed in Cabin 1, Cabin 2 and Cabin 3 (twice). This is a beautiful and peaceful park. The food tastes better, the coffee is better and the surrounding area is fantastic. We loved the wild flowers of West Virginia. We will definitely return.
Written August 29, 2016
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Chris B
Murrells Inlet, SC352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
This is a primitive campground nestled in the Greenbrier / Allegheny mountains and about an hour from anything. There are only ten tent sites and a handful of cabins - and they don't take reservations, but even in June we saw most of them were available. Coin operated shower and laundry available at the ranger station. The tent sites are large and B-E-A-UTIFUL. Pack batteries and your own water (although there is a hand pump). Numerous trails and paths to wander about.
There is a small lake that was developed by the WV Conservation Corps back in the 30's. A few paddle and row boats are available for rent.
No cell service due to the NRAO site about ten miles away.
Ahhhhh! PEACE!
Written June 28, 2016
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KeriH750
Jesup, GA16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
We happened on this campground and what a delight! Each site is secluded and separated by a creek that runs through the property. I don't know the elevation but it was very cool at night. Bring a flashlight because there are no lights and it was so dark it was disorienting to me. No facilities unless you drive a mile to the Ranger Station. The wood we bought was damp, but everything was damp (and covered with lots of moss). You will like this campground if you seek solitude and quiet. We loved it and hope to return.
Written June 14, 2016
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Kerrih381
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
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. The only thing that I can say negative is that we weren't told in advance that the two showers available are coin operated. It was quite a drive to go back out for quarters. A change machine would be a great addition. Other than that it was perfect! The lack of cellular service made for a very relaxing getaway and it was nice to step back and reconnect. Plan to go again and hopefully soon.
Written May 16, 2016
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maggiec6366
Washington DC, DC11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The primitive cabin no. 5 was very spacious and clean. They have everything arranged to make it extremely convenient and our location was very private with a nice view of the lake. Extremely quite and peaceful, the cabin has a large screened in porch and wrap around deck. Not much close by for groceries or prepared food :)
Written October 10, 2015
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travelwriter52
Clinton, SC3,505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Local state park. Has camping and cabins and recently added a fire tower you can rent. There is a small lake, but not a lot to do. It is a great place to get away and have some privacy. But not a lot of activities as far as I can tell.
Written October 6, 2015
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