Dolly Sods Wilderness is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Cabins, WV that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Favorite spot to take my boys for hiking and backpacking!
best backpacking in the region.
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
This series of trails were awesome. The scenery changes so often it's like you're in several climates in one weekend.
Really great trail considering how close it is to DC. You'll pass through a variety of very distinct Eco systems.
Playing at Bear Rocks is a blast, and the views are incredible.
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.
Decent views, but watch out for rattlesnakes! This area has tons of them.
Seneca Rocks is one of my favorite places in WV. The view is beautiful and the little shops around the base of the rocks are so cute!
There are caves in the area so it is a great opportunity to do some spelunking!
Very Beautiful park, with some awesome spots. Only bad thing is some of the trails aren't the greatest marked and could possibly get lost.
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.
We did Rocky Ridge Trail which is in North Dolly Sods just outside of the Wilderness area. Great trail. The large rock formations made us feel like we were in Arizona. The hike went along a mountain ridge the whole time so great views which opened to wide open plains on top of a mountain with rocks everywhere and mountain views on each side. It was one of our top hikes.
Beautiful place but please do your homework on the trails before you set out. Cell reception is not strong, so keep a hard copy of the map!