Miles away from the nearest interstate, Seneca Rocks has retained much of its historic charm and is a hotspot for rock climbers, motorcyclists, campers, fishermen, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts during the tourist season from May-November, and has a steady flow of visitors throughout the year.
The town was originally called “Mouth of Seneca” named for its location at the mouth of Seneca Creek, currently a very popular fishing spot. The Seneca Rocks rock formation, rising 900 feet, is the most prominent feature, with a walking trail up to an observation deck at the top of the north peak of the rocks. The south peak is the highest technical summit on the East Coast, and its hundreds of traditional rock climbing routes keep rock climbers coming back year after year.
The remote location, breathtaking scenic drives over mountainous, curvy roads make it a haven for motorcyclists and day trippers out for a country drive.
Seneca Rocks is a part of the Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Recreation Area of the Monongahela Forest, with some of the best hiking trails on the east coast within easy reach of Yokum’s Vacationland.
Yokum’s Seneca Rocks Stables
Yokum’s Seneca Rocks Stables offers horseback rides to the top of Seneca Rocks seasonally (typically from the beginning of April through mid-November). Open Thursday-Sunday, and Monday Holidays only (Memorial Day & Labor Day). Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Rides depart at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm. Reservations recommended, and please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Rides last about 1.5 hours, and include a short break at the observation deck at the top of the rocks to walk around. Cost is $40 per person. The stables are located behind the Lower Campground and Yokum’s Restaurant. Website
Barn Phone: 304-567-2466 Cell Phone: 304-668-0650
Yokum’s General Store & Deli
Yokum’s General Store supplies Seneca Rocks’ visitors and residents with all the souvenirs, camping supplies, and grocery items they could possibly need. From coonskin hats to ramen noodles, Yokum’s tries to supply people with all their basic needs on a trip to the mountains. You can get your firewood, ice, and other necessities here. There is even a deli, which was remodeled in the spring of 2016. Not only can you get sliced meats and cheeses, but it’s also a great place to get a burger. We even do our own pork BBQ, which can’t be beat! And best of all, you can get hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream, available from Spring through fall.
*The old restaurant is currently closed. Hot meals are available year-round at the Deli, located in the General Store. Please check in for all cabins, bunk houses, and camping at the General Store*
*Inquire about catering for your group event.
Other Area Attractions
Discovery Center– The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is located at the base of Seneca Rocks. It has information on the area as well as a small gift shop. It’s a great place to start your visit of the area. website
Sites Homestead/Picnic Area– The Sites Homestead is located across the road from the Princess Snowbird Campground and is Shirley Yokum’s grandparent’s original home. It is open to go inside only a few weekends every year, where visitors can see the original interior. They also on occasion offer classes such as traditional basket weaving and herb gardening. The grounds are kept with a beautiful 19th Century style garden and there’s a picnic area nearby. Visit the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center for more information on the Sites Homestead.
Swimming Hole– There is a refreshing swimming hole at the base of Seneca Rocks in the Potomac River. It is a short walk from the back parking lot near the Sites Homestead (across from Princess Snowbird Campground). Enjoy a dip in the cool mountain stream…great for families!
Nrocks Outdoor Adventures– For the adventurous, Nrocks has ziplines, a via Ferrata with suspension bridge, and rock climbing. 15 minutes away. website
Rock Climbing Schools– There are 2 climbing schools in Seneca Rocks, both with reputable, experienced rock guides. Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides (website) is located across from Yokum’s General Store, and the Seneca Rocks Climbing School (website) is located behind Harper’s Store.
Cass Scenic Railroad– Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. About 1 hour away. website
Seneca Caverns- West Virginia’s largest. Located in exquisite Germany Valley. Only 15 minutes away. Open 1 April to 30 November. website
Smoke Hole Caverns- Located about 15 minutes from here and a tourist must. Open year round. website
Dolly Sods– Dolly Sods is the highest plateau of its type east of the Mississippi River with altitude ranging from around 4,000 feet at the top of a mountain ridge on the Allegheny Front to about 2,700 feet at the outlet of Red Creek. 30 minutes away. website
Spruce Knob/Spruce Knob Lake– Spruce Knob is the highest peak at 4,860 feet, in West Virginia. It is in the Monongahela National Forest and only a 30 minute drive to the top. website
Blackwater Falls– Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. About a 45 minute drive. website
Purple Fiddle– Features live music, often bluegrass, most nights of the week. Easily combined with a trip to Blackwater Falls or the Dolly Sods. About a 45 minute drive from Yokum’s. website
Canaan Valley– Mountain biking and hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, Canaan Valley is just a 30 minute drive. Downhill ski at Timberline (website) and Canaan Valley Resort (also has mountain biking in the summer) (website), For Cross Country Skiing, visit Whitegrass (website)
Green Bank Telescope (GBT)– Is the world’s largest steerable radio telescope at 100 meters in diameter. It’s about 1 hour’s drive from Yokum’s. website