Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge Trail and Dobbin Grade Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge Trail and Dobbin Grade Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cabins, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
18 days ago

We took a shorter loop, starting at Bear Rocks, then going on Dobbin Grade, and back on Beaver Dam. This particular loop is not difficult though very wet in the spring and requires going off the trail at several points to get around the high water. This trail is probably better for bigger dogs though we did take our bichon out once, we had to carry him a lot through mud. Views are beautiful, especially in the spring when everything is a lush green with flowers blooming. Weather has always been cool, sunny, low humidity and just perfect. This loop is also not bad if you have a child in a carrier.

backpacking
18 days ago

beautiful views on this trail

hiking
25 days ago

Very beautiful and serene. The campground is about two miles from the parking lot. It was the perfect place to camp as it was private and we didn’t have to drive back down the mountain to get to it. Beautiful views and lots of wild blueberries

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful scenery and very desolate. For most of the hike I was completely alone. The trails are rocky but not too bad. Wear waterproof boots and bring extra socks. Dobbin Grade Trail is a muddy bog. You can easily be knee deep in mud if you’re not careful! Avoid if possible. Overall the views and experience were well worth it.

1 month ago

We did Bear Rocks -> Raven Ridge - > Rocky Ridge - > Dobbin Grade - > Beaver Dam - >back to raven ridge and re-traced Bear Rocks

The section of this trail was moderate with lots of ferns, berries, and meadows. Sweeping views and some good camping spots.

I def recommend continuing on to Rocky ridge from this loop for some even more unique views and cool rocks that have been shaped by the wind.

1 month ago

hike down the hill is nice. Then left at the crossroads... tons of water, and spongy places, mucky and muddy. Went after rain which was not a great choice. Other side of the creek was beautiful. Go expecting to get wet and take extra shoes/clothes.

3 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.....

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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

backpacking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

backpacking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

walking
Monday, December 12, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Favorite spot to take my boys for hiking and backpacking!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

best backpacking in the region.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

This series of trails were awesome. The scenery changes so often it's like you're in several climates in one weekend.

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Really great trail considering how close it is to DC. You'll pass through a variety of very distinct Eco systems.

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

Playing at Bear Rocks is a blast, and the views are incredible.

hiking
Friday, August 28, 2015

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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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