Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Elkins: Address, Phone Number, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
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Located in the Monongahela National Forest, this 10,215-acre area is one of the few wilderness areas on the East Coast.
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cherrydoll
Scranton, PA37 contributions
Nice place to camp
Mar. 2021 • Couples
So I've been here as a child camping with my mom and dad. It's probably a good place for hiking or fishing. I remember that it's at a pretty high elevation and there are a lot of trees that are slightly lopsided due to the wind up there. It causes the branches to all lean slightly towards one side.
Written March 2, 2021
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Diane B
North Canton, OH1,927 contributions
Stunning view in autumn from Bear Rocks overlook
Oct. 2020
This is called a wilderness area for a reason: wild, undeveloped, unpaved road, little to no restroom facilities, etc. There are many hiking trails and areas to for back-packing. There is one rustic campground. Views from on top are stunning, especially in autumn and especially from the Bear Rocks overlook where the Allegheny Front marks the Eastern Continental Divide.
Written October 22, 2020
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kalmansor
Hedgesville, WV7 contributions
You forget you're in West Virginia - beware of mud
Oct. 2020
My family drove through Dolly Sods once a handful of years ago, and I had always wanted to go back to actually get out of the car and go hiking. I planned to go when the leaves turned, and I decided to go yesterday. I live 2.5 hours away, so this trip took up a whole day for me. I went alone and took a photo of the hiking map (it is helpfully posted at each trailhead) to use as a guide. I will say, as someone who is directionally challenged, I did have a couple moments of mild panic thinking I had gone too far or missed a turnoff. I started at Bear Rocks, then connected Raven Ridge, Dobbin Grade, Beaver Dam (I meant to get off here and walk back to my car, but got turned around somehow...), back onto Dobbin Grade and connected back to Bear Rocks. I was out there for about 4 hours, with several stops along the way. I'd love to go back, maybe in the spring, and hike along the lower half of the trails. WARNING: Even though it had been a week or so since it rained, there were areas of thick, sinking mud. Luckily I had waterproof hiking boots on, or I would have been in a serious mess. I would also appreciate if there were more trail blazes or something, instead of just signs where the trails connected. Wear appropriate gear, check the weather, have a screenshot or printout of the trail map, plenty of water and some snacks, and you should be golden. Oh, and an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle. The road in and out is bump and windy, so go slow and if you have motion sickness, where the wristbands or something.
Written October 21, 2020
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frogsun47
Huntsville, AL259 contributions
We did not see the appeal of this place.
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We have enjoyed every aspect of West Virginia in it's fall glory. But Dolly Sods in our opinion was horrible. The drive up was dangerous and difficult and the scenery at the top was uninspiring to us at best. We will never do that again!
Written October 7, 2020
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Timothy D
Huntington9 contributions
One of WV 's most beautiful locations
Sep. 2020
The long drive up the forest roads is well worth it when arriving at Bear Rocks. Excellent hiking in an unspoiled location.
Written October 6, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD4,365 contributions
Winding roads to an accessible part of Monongahela National Forest.
Sep. 2020
We drove 30 miles through and beside this upland plateau called DSW, impressed with the long wooded vistas and limestone outcrops. This was my focus having climbed Seneca Rocks to its now fallen "Gunsight" with my brother in 1982. Much of the road signage was tailored to hunter access as the season is from September to March, so no trails for us. The scenery was excellent with sunny weather and the leaves just hinting "Fall"
Written September 10, 2020
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MCB
2 contributions
We love Dolly Sods!
Aug. 2020
What a fantastic day we had with our two teens! Great overlook spots. We had a really fantastic hike along Red Creek Trail after a heavy rain the night before, and we all had fun splashing along the really wet path, crossing creeks and taking in the shady, beautiful views. Highly recommend!
Written August 3, 2020
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danny L
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
worth the trip
Jun. 2020
Absolutely stunning. Even my forever underwhelmed teenagers were impressed. The drive is probably not for the faint of heart and 4 wheel drive would be helpful, but it is well worth the trip.
Written June 10, 2020
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Beverly M
Morgantown, WV52 contributions
Sunrise at bear rocks
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Stayed all night at bear rocks to catch a great sunrise! Great place to hike too. Different terrain than anywhere else in West Virginia.
Written May 24, 2020
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Fly B
4 contributions
Dolly Sods Hiking
Oct. 2019 • Friends
Gear place to hike or ride horse back atop the continental divide. Unique typography to explore and experience.
Written February 15, 2020
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