Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
After exploring Hocking Hills, we set our sights a bit further down the road to Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. We'd read that Spruce Knob is the highest peak in West Virginia, and Kyle being a former rock climber, and Tobi being from Utah, we had to see this mountain with our own eyes. We spent the night before in a Walmart parking lot somewhere in the middle of West Virginia, and when we woke up, we were super excited for another adventure in nature.
As we pulled up to the visitor center, we both remarked how incredible the weather was. Overcast and in the high 50's, jeans and a zip-up hoodie were all that was needed to stay comfortable.
Before we even got started on the trail, we noticed beauty all around. Trees just beginning to blossom and a sweet little waterfall leading to a nearby river. We'd read that this hike was about a mile and a half from base to peak, but that it's pretty steep. We took this as a good excuse to stop periodically and take photos of the surrounding flora.
We reached the overlook and thought that was the highest we were allowed to go without climbing gear. We got to talking with a local (with the cutest dog!!) who told us that we could climb all the way to the top, but at our own risk. Everyone at the overlook agreed that it was 100% worth the extra effort, so we ascended a bit further, this time over rocks, off the beaten path.
The view from the top was spectacular, as you can see.
We made our way back down the mountain, made some amazing avocado and tomato sandwiches, and started on the road to Charlottesville. We were without cell service for about 2 hours of the drive, so by the time I was able to tell Cali we were on our way, we were only about an hour from her house. Luckily she's been expecting us for a while, so it wasn't too big of a surprise.
Up next, we'll let you know some of our favorite places to see in Charlottesville! Stay tuned.