Standard (Tent/RV)
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Seneca Shadows

Seneca Shadows Campground overlooks Seneca Rocks and is surrounded by mountains on both the east and west. Hiking and nature study at Seneca Rocks are just a couple of the popular activities in the area. The North Fork South Branch Potomac River is nearby, making fishing a popular pastime.

Two local caves beckon ambitious explorers, and the 900-foot high Seneca Rocks can be viewed from most campsites.

Recreation

Rock climbers and hikers adore Seneca Rocks. Both sports will take visitors to the top of the impressive rocky tops with rewarding views of the mountains and valleys beyond. The hiking trail can be accessed across the street from the Seneca Shadows Campground.

Seneca Rocks Visitor Center provides a catch-and-release fishing area, viewing platforms, educational displays and a gift shop.

Facilities

Seneca Shadows is a modern campground with flush toilets, lantern posts, picnic tables and campfire rings. The large facility has a selection of walk-to tent sites, standard RV sites and tent-only group sites. Loop C has electric hookups. Firewood is available for sale on-site.

Natural Features

The campground sits in the river valley within the Monongahela National Forest, which extends over the north central highlands of the state, straddling many of the region's highest peaks. Elevations range from 1,000 to 4,863 feet above sea level.

Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse national forests in the country.

Nearby Attractions

Campers make Seneca Shadows a convenient base camp while traveling through the Potomac Highlands. Explore the scenic roadways, especially when fall colors are at their peak.

ADA Access: N

Sites
81
Fee Info
For Standard Electric sites, there is a $8 electric attribute fee in addition to the site use fee of $22 to $36.
Reservation Info
Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites or 12 months in advance for group sites.
Price
$17.00 - $65.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 90 ft.
Location
Seneca Shadows is located in West Virginia
Latitude
38.8222 N
Longitude
-79.3872 W
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Directions
From Elkins WV, take US 33 east 34 miles. Turn right into the campground. From Petersburg, WV, take State Hwy 28 south 22 miles. Turn right into the campground. From Franklin, WV, take US 33 west 24 miles. Turn left into the campground.
21 Reviews of Seneca Shadows
Scenic Location

Stumbled in to campsite late on a crowded weekend camp host was very helpful. We were able to get a site for the night in the tent area. Area had nice clean amenities site had tent pad fire pit and table. The tent areas were not very private and wasn’t exactly what we were looking for but had a very nice view of Seneca Rocks.

Great location!

Great location for fly fishing & hiking. The tent camping area has a view of Seneca Rocks while the camper trailer/RV sites are wooded.

Exceptional

We spent 3 happy days on loop C and were grateful for the electric hook up. Water was nearby and the washrooms were not merely clean, they were sanitized three times a day. The two host couples were truly exceptional and went out of their way to look after us. This is the only place we have camped where dump costs registered campers but the overall cost was still much less than state park or private camps. We hope to return!

Seneca Awesome!

The campground is a short drive from Seneca Rock. Wind back into the woods for camping in a quaint quite setting (A-D) or camp in the meadowlands with Seneca Rock in the background (walk-sites)

Peaceful and friendly

Clean and serene campground that wasn't too busy on a drizzly June weekend. Not sure if you can get a first come first served site every weekend, but there were several empty ones near me at site 13. Chipmunks everywhere you look and incredible sunrise birdsong. Camp hosts are super friendly and welcoming, campground is huge and sites are roomy and well spaced. Felt safe and comfortable as a solo female camper. General store right down the road has free wifi and all the last minute supplies you could need. Lovely experience, will absolutely be back!

Look at that view!

Such a lovely spot! You can just roll in, set up & hit the most amazing trails!! Wonderful view of Seneca Rocks.

We did a little climbing & bouldering over the weekend.

Definitely want to go back!

Super clean facilities

Perfect Location!

If you're a fan of hiking and rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, Seneca Shadows is absolutely the best campground near this fantastic rock formation. 

It’s located in the Monongahela National Forest near the North Fork South Branch of the Potomac River with nearby peaks ranging from 1,000 feet to nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. Seneca Shadows campground offers a view of the famed Seneca Rocks and puts you within walking distance of the visitor’s center, hiking and climbing trails, plus the quaint town of Seneca Rocks where you buy gas, food and gifts. 

Make sure you visit Harper’s Old Country Store, a 4th generation family run business, operating since 1902. The visitor’s center has a nice collection of Native American artifacts and a cool video of the Army soldiers who trained here before WWII. 

Seneca Shadows Campground is a modern campground with paved parking, flush toilets, showers and an amphitheater. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Seneca Shadows is part of a growing trend where a private concessionaire is a running a public camp-ground. I’m not a huge fan since it often mean higher fees, but I must say that the campground was spotless and well-run by a delightful couple who obviously enjoyed their summer job. 

Seneca Shadows Campground has three loops to chose from: 

The A& B Loops are for tents or RVs with no electric service. 

The C-Loop has electricity. 

There's also a group camping area and a "tent-only" camping area with walk-in sites from a nearby parking lot.

Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods are nearby and both deserve a spot on your outdoor adventure“bucket list” in West Virginia.

Loved it and trails were awesome

Electric or dry camping. Huge tent area that looked really cool. Showers were $5 for non campers. Some toilets flush some pit. Try to get there before sundown because it is VERY DARK on those roads getting there. No moon or light with several 6 and 7% grades. when you arrive there will be signs to register at the amphitheater, but park in the parking lot because the sign leads you to dead end. This area is also where the dump station is at. It costs $7 cash only at amphitheater. Firewood is $7 as well. Sites had picnic tables, fire rings, and lots of trees for privacy. Walk through the open field tent area for path to stores and that have climbing gear and snacks. Cross the road to the big open field and follow mowing path to Seneca Rocks learning center and trail heads to Seneca Rocks and a swimming hole. Don’t miss the swimming!! Even mid summer, the water was cool. Would have brought a float if I’d known. Download trail maps and driving directions prior to trip. There is no cell service for at least an hour around the campground. This goes for Verizon and Sprint. If you need cash the Yokum’s store has an ATM before coming into the campground. Great campsites and awesome hiking. Dumpster is at loop C and potable water is at loop B.

Seneca Shadows

Always clean. Staff is helpful and very friendly.

Close to Seneca Rocks

Clean sites. Close to climbing and hiking opportunities.

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