National Forest Foundation

Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area

Supported by REI

Nestled 150 miles west of our nation’s capital, the Monongahela National Forest is a crown jewel of eastern forests. This 900,000-acre swath of wild country offers visitors a chance to experience incredible biodiversity with more than 75 tree species, 225 species of birds and 72 species of fish. In addition, the Forest offers mountain biking, hiking, equestrian and rock-climbing opportunities, all within a day’s drive of half of the entire U.S. population.

In 2018, REI and the NFF are partnering to restore trails in the famous Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, a special area on the Forest. Well-known by eastern rock climbers, Seneca Rocks is a captivating 900-foot tall thrust of rock that’s both a destination in its own right and the backdrop to a well-used network of hiking trails.

The NFF and REI, with local partners and youth conservation crews, worked on area trails including the Lumberjack Trail, the Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail and the North Fork Mountain Trail. In addition to the trail work, we rehabilitated the Seneca Rocks Observation Platform on the Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail.

With more than three million visitors a year to the Monongahela, this work builds on REI’s trail legacy for years to come.


  • 18.9 miles of trail maintained
  • 45 youth engaged
  • 43 volunteers engaged
  • 2,832 hours of volunteer time

Project Updates

We worked with four partners to complete 18.9 miles of trail maintenance and restore an acre of wildlife habitat. The crews also rehabilitated social trails that impacted the habitat adjacent to the trail. All told, 43 volunteers and 45 youth were involved in this work. The volunteers contributed an amazing 2,832 hours to the project.