The 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.
By far my favorite place to go backpacking while in college at WVU. Great trail systems, well maintained and it really feels remote without being too far away. It's usually crowded though, not to the point that you can't find a place to get away, but every ime I've been up here there have been other groups of people around....except during the winter
While it's true that several of the trails (Bear Rocks, Dobbin's Grade) end up being more like creeks with any bit of rain, I find Dolly Sods to be a fantastic place to hike. It's a great change from the typical lower elevation, mid-west forest trails that I usually hike on. There are great open air views separated by pine forests. The aforementioned Dobbin's Grade does have a swamp for about the last 3rd of it's length (going east), but if you don't mind taking it slow and easy you can get through it mostly dry. The trails on the south side of the sods are much rockier, reminding me of portions of the AT in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Benjamin R. on Dolly Sods Wilderness
Decent views, but watch out for rattlesnakes! This area has tons of them.
Mandy S. on Dolly Sods Wilderness
There are caves in the area so it is a great opportunity to do some spelunking!
The trails I took were the worse I have ever hiked! They went from hiking on a stream bed to sloshing through marsh land.Obviously whoever built the trails has no idea how to build a trail. Most of it is highly eroded becoming a stream bed in many cases. It is clear from the well worn side trails that being wet or marshy is more the rule that the exception.
Views are very nice and landscape is interesting and varied. I wish the trails were at least average which would motivate me to give it a higher score.
The views and varying terrain are amazing. A little busy on Memorial Day, but was a great trail for a training hike for our Venturing Crew. Two wet stream crossing / fords helped make the weekend high adventure. Good opportunity to work on your land navigation skills. Cairns mark the trails, and there are trail signs at most of the key intersections, but the trails are not blazed.