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Seneca Rocks, a West Virginia natural wonder

By Lynn R. Mitchell

18The sheer cliffs of Seneca Rocks, with a peak accessible only by trained rock climbers, is located in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest at the intersection of Rt. 33 and Rt. 55. It was used by the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in 1943 and 1944 as troops trained to scale Italy’s Apennines Mountains during World War II’s Italian Campaign. Photos do not begin to do justice to this unusual natural landmark that rises straight out of the surrounding forest.

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Finding autumn in West Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

West Va Germany Valley 1Germany Valley, West Virginia
September 30, 2014

We were looking for autumn and found it in a bend in the road where an expansive, breath-taking view opened before us deep in the Allegheny Mountains of Pendleton County in eastern West Virginia. Reds and yellows of maples were mixed with evergreens and still-green hardwoods.

Rich in history and originally part of Virginia, Germany Valley settled by Germans and Pennsylvania Dutch farming families. The area is rich in caves, some open to the public and some that are still being discovered. The very popular Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob, highest point in WVa, are also in the surrounding Monongahela National Forest.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 30, 2014

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