An underrated weekend adventure from DC for the outdoor enthusiasts

Caroline Cunningham

Only 3 hours from DC is some of the most epic and underrated hiking and rock climbing that make for an awesome weekend adventure.

We’re talking about all things in the Monongahela National Forest area in West Virginia.

First we have Seneca Rocks which is a narrow crag that juts out of the landscape at 900 feet above stream level. It can be hiked to by a short 2.5 mile trail, however at the top there are strong warnings to deter you from going out on the ridge itself. It’s narrow, slippery and definitely dangerous. For *legal reasons* I won’t tell you to do this, but know that the view is amazing up there (also know it is very dangerous, 15 people have died from falling, and one should exercise extreme caution).

The safer and most epic way to see above Seneca Rocks is to do a guided rock climbing. Rock climbing here can be done by beginners to experts.

There’s also more epic hikes in Monongahela National Forest, the coolest being North Fork Mountain Trail. It’s a long one (15-17 miles) and requires backpacking and camping overnight - an added experience! The view from the rocky spine is incredible which makes it all worth it.

Next there’s rock climbing in Circleville, West Virginia doing the Via Ferrata. This one is crazy!! With NRocks Adventures you can do a guided climb that goes 1085 feet up and takes you across a 200 ft suspension bridge! The whole time you have a fixed anchor but you do have to unhook to keep it moving and the heights alone will get the adrenaline rush going for you on this one.

So who's ready for a little adventure this weekend in West Virginia??

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