Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Dolly Sods Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful place. allloooottt of water on the trails. pretty much hike Creek beds. trail markers are few and far between, lots of trails to circumvent the actual trail because of water. alot of random campsites already established with fire rings . overall had a great time. just wish for more trail markers or blaze marks.

Loved it was a great day so many different eco areas bogs, open plains, spruce forrest, oak forrest, rock sprees,creek filled hollers.....two thumbs and a smile on my face.....

Be prepared to get your feet wet. Trails pretty much consist of walking somewhat dried up creek beds. Nov conditions this weekend, icy the first day, wet and muddy the next day. Wasn’t prepared to get knee deep in mud! Trails were not well marked until they intersected, then there were wooden signs with distance between each trail. Nice and quiet trail, great for dogs. Lots of great camping sites along the way with fire pits made by others

Very beautiful....especially this time of year. Reason for 4.....looked like the Hillary step—so many people

Excellent trail with plenty of views. There are some inclines and a stream. Plenty of spots to stop and camp as well!

Started off on bear rocks...beautiful views of the rolling plains heading towards raven ridge...trail was a little rocky but very well identified and easy to follow...raven ridge quickly turned to spruce and mountain laurel thickets that opened up into more rolling plains towards dobbin grade...dobbin grade was nasty and boggy as usual...ended the hike back at the forest road, via beaver dam trail which was easy walking and slightly uphill...overall this hike was great because of all of the scenery changes...a lot of nice places to camp along the way as well.

Hiked the bear rocks trail and camped near Red Creek. An excellent place to spend the night, nestled among moss-covered boulders on a bed of pine needles from the coniferous canopy overhead, listening to the ever-present gurgle of red creek. Nice!

Challenging hike - not technically difficult, but you definitely earn your dessert! Very rough footing through most of it, so you spend your time looking down. Great second day hike of Dolly Sods.

backpacking
8 months ago

This trail is extremely steep on the south side. I didn't do the north side. So if you are hiking south east to northwest, you are going to get a good workout in!

Fun trail but really muddy right now with all the rain this year!

Incredible views. Muddy bogs in low area of Dobbin Grade. Also recommend continuing Raven Ridge to Rocky Ridge trail. Enjoyed wild blue berries too.

Favorite trail here

backpacking
9 months ago

This one was definitely difficult. Keep on truckin.

Sweet trail. Can get crowded in peak season. Get low if thunder rolls in.

Watch out or be prepared for muddy creek crossings on dobbin grade trail feeding red creek. Heavy out of towners on july 3rd.

backpacking
11 months ago

Best backpacking experience of my life.

it was a great place. i helped a dude with a hurt foot up a ravine to where his wife was standing by to get him to a hospital.

no but seriously, plan your approach. my gps took me to a three mile stretch of a road that came straight out of a b-rated horror movie.

submitted a couple photos of the road listed.

dolly sods is my favorite place to camp and hike so many cool trails and so great geo cashes

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.

GPS directions from this app dumped us in the middle of the town of Petersburg. By the time we found out where the trails started it was too late.

Favorite spot to take my boys for hiking and backpacking!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Lower half of the trail heading down to Red Creek is steep with plenty of technical areas. The waterfall right after where Dunkenbarger comes in is amazing though.

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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!

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