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Seneca Rocks

The North Fork Mountain Inn offers a wide variety of local attractions with-in close proximity.

Perhaps most surprising is scuba diving at Mt. Storm Lake which is a thermal heated lake at an altitude of 3,244 feet, also located about an hour from the inn. Sailing and windsurfing are also popular. Sailplane enthusiasts enjoy the strong March winds along the Allegheny Front.

Points of Interest in the area are: Smoke Hole Caverns, Seneca Rocks, Sites Homestead, Seneca Caverns, Top Kick’s Military Museum, Harper’s Old Country Store, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Spruce Knob (highest point in WV), Blackwater Falls, Cass Scenic Railroad, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Potomac Eagle Train, historic and Civil War sites.

Caves and Caverns

North Fork Mountain Inn is located just around the corner from some of West Virginia's Largest Caverns.

Seneca Caverns

"Stratosphere Cavern" is for the Adventurous Person, the one who enjoys rock climbing, caving, and hiking. Miniature golf & gemstone mining also available.

Seneca Caverns is open seasonally, so please contact them for more information.

Smoke Hole Caverns

Smoke Hole features the world’s longest ribbon stalactite.

Climbing

Fishing

South Branch of the Potomac River, in Smoke Hole Canyon, has excellent fishing, where you can catch smallmouth bass, some largemouth bass, trout (rainbow, brook, brown and golden rainbow), channel catfish, eel and carp.  There is also fishing along the North Fork South Branch of the Potomac River at the Seneca Rocks area.  If you want to travel about 1 ½ hours you can go to also Spruce Knob Lake.  To arrange a fishing trip, fishing school, get fishing supplies, or get a fishing license, contact Eagles Nest Outfitters at 304-257-2393.  You can also get a fishing license by calling 1-800-992-4348, and having your driver’s license and credit card ready.  You can also visit the Petersburg Fish Hatchery, “home of the golden trout,” between 8:00 AM and 4:00

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Hiking

The most popular activity in the area is hiking. There are trails that leave from the Inn as well as various trails near Seneca Rocks and in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area which are only minutes away from the Inn.

The following links offer descriptions for the best local trails:

To learn more, visit the website for the Monongahela National Forest

Gorp Travel has also written a few articles pertaining to the local area:

Horseback Riding

Yokum's Stables in Seneca Rocks WV, offers guided horseback rides to the top of Seneca Rocks.

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Snow Sking

Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing are available in the Canaan Valley which is about an hour and a half away.

Skiing at Timberline

Great sking begins with great snow, and with a peak elevation of 4,268 feet, Timberline gets more than its share (an average of over 150 inches each season!!) And where nature leaves off, our snowmakers take over, covering our terrain with enough snow to ensure the best possible conditions all winter long. With a vertical rise of 1,000 feet , you'll enjoy some of the longest runs in the East (as long as 2 miles). And because our 36 slopes and trails are evenly divided among easiest, intermediate, and expert terrain skiers of all abilities will find plenty of great ways to get to the bottom. Of course, once you've finished your run, our 3 chair-lifts will get you right back up for another.

Learn more at Timberline Resort.

Trains

Local Attractions

Other activities in the area include: swimming, bird watching, golf, paragliding, bowling, festivals, antiquing, shopping.

Find more at: www.grantcountywva.com.

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