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.
This was a great day hike through scenic forest that opens up to rocky bluffs with outstanding views. You can do this hike as a return, but we found it easier to take the game trail out to the road and walk back to the parking area that is right across from the trail head.
Great hiking and encountered very few people on the trail. Soggy in places, but fortunately most was frozen when we went through. Two river crossings-- first we were able to use rocks to cross, current was quick. second crossing was about a foot deep with no bridge or rocks.
Nice little connector trail.. Connects forest road 79 with Rohrbaugh Trail.. Nice forest setting, interesting moss covered rocks and Dolly Sods is a nice hike in general... The little spur shown on the map has either overgrown or does not exist.
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!