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Seneca Rocks

A couple of years ago, we planned a two day driving trip through West Virginia to look at the leaves.  Unfortunately, it was early December so there weren't any leaves.  Not many, anyway.  None the less, the scenery was great.

We spent the night in Harrisonburg, VA to get an early start on Route 33.  It was a beautiful day and even that winding road wasn't a problem.  We were working our way to Marlinton.  We'd been told that Route 150 was beautiful so we were going to check it out.

Hill Creek FallsOur first real stop was at Hill Creek Falls.  I didn't even know they were there.  It was a nice walk down the steps and trails to see 3 falls.  Each progressively larger.

From there it was off to Cranberry Glades since we'd never been there either.  We only went around the wooden walkway and looked around.  We didn't have time to do much else.

The drive up Route 150 is very pretty.  They had snow the day we were there.  We didn't see any wildlife butSnowy View enjoyed the trip anyway. 

We spent the night in Elkins, W. Va.  We were able to get dinner reservations at the Cheat River Inn.  I recommend eating there if it fits your schedule.  It was very good.  I think the setting would have been nice too but was too dark to see.

Sunday we headed for Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks.  The summit of Spruce Knob was very cold and snow covered.  As we got near the top, I hoped the tires on the car were up to the challenge.  They were but it was a little tense.

View from Seneca RocksWe climbed Seneca Rocks and then went up on the top.  The trail to the overlook is always longer than we remember.  We huffed and puffed and finally got there.  From there we went ahead and climbed to the top.  It wasn't as scary as I expected but still isn't my thing.  Nice view but not sure I want to do it again.  Even though there weren't many leaves for our trip, the scenery was great.