Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge Trail and Dobbin Grade Trail

MODERATE 73 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

3 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
5 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

7 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
7 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!

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
Saturday, November 08, 2014

There are caves in the area so it is a great opportunity to do some spelunking!

hiking
Friday, June 13, 2014

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 12, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, June 02, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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!

hiking
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Great adventure for all. Three day hike in which you see many different types of terrain all beautiful in their own way. Lots of flat places to set up camp, and the hilltop view is great.

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