Tent Camping Heaven
Trails for hikers and bikers lace the state forest. The Horseshoe Trail leaves the campground and makes a 1.5-mile loop. The Great Rhododendron Trail, named after the West Virginia state flower, leads a half mile from the campground to connect to the Hilltop Trail, one among many other paths around. The long-running Allegheny Trail meanders through the forest and has a trail shelter for overnight campers. The Fire Tower Trail leads to great views.
What To See And Do
Many trails and back roads are open to mountain bikers. The Loop Road leads up toward the fire tower and past the shelter along the Allegheny Trail. Just 5 miles away is the Greenbrier River Trail, a long-distance rail trail that parallels the Greenbrier River, where there are also angling opportunities. On park property you can fish four-acre Seneca Lake. It has trout, bass, and bluegill in its clear waters.
A West Virginia State Park highlight is the Cass Scenic Railroad, built in 1902. The train, authentic locomotives with logging flatcars made into passenger coaches, leaves the restored town of Cass and climbs up the mountains to open fields and, later, to Whitaker Station. Then you can head up to Bald Knob, the second-highest point in the state at 4,842 feet. There are great views from the overlook here. To reach Cass, leave north on WV 28 at the campground and follow the signs.
Also of interest is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It has been the focal point of radio astronomy for decades. Daily guided tours are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can see science at work and learn more about how we learn about the world beyond our world. Self-guided walking and bicycling tours of the observatory can be taken any time of year. Head north on WV 28 from the campground and follow the signs to the observatory near Cass. After touring the observatory, you can enjoy your down-to-earth campground at Seneca State Forest.
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