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Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge, Blackbird Knob, and Upper Red Creek Trail Loop

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Dolly Sods Wilderness

Bear Rocks Trail to Raven Ridge, Blackbird Knob, and Upper Red Creek Trail Loop is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 15.4 mi Elevation gain 1,732 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers
Waypoints (4)
  • 1

    Bear Rock & Dobbin Grade

    39.06457, -79.32181

  • 2

    Creekfront campsite

    39.06410, -79.32316

  • 3

    Windswept plateau campsite

    39.06399, -79.33134

  • 4

    Raven Ridge & Beaver View

    39.06547, -79.34568

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Lauren Smith
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Deidra Morris
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Beautiful trail! More than we bargained for in length but were trying to create a loop that avoided dobbins grade since everyone is saying it is excessively muddy. Trails mostly muddy, lots of rock hopping and mud bogging even on the better trails. Phone went dead and so missing 2 miles on recording and length.

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Bill Ankenbauer
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Adam Grusky
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HikingRocky

Great hike with a lot of scenery change. Only real muddy area was Dobbin Grade between Upper Red Creek and Bear Rocks. Took about 8 hours.

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Jon Henderson
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beautiful hike if u wanna see big sky in this state this is where to see it

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Nicholas Myers
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Backpacking

Was planning to do 10 miles on day 1 and then finish up the loop on day 2 but the rain set in at about mile 5. We set up camp and decided to stay there for the night due to the continuous rain. The next day we hiked the 5 miles back to the trailhead. From what we were able to see during those first 5 miles, it was beautiful. The only downside was that it is VERY wet (even before the rain came). Make sure your boots are waterproof and bring extra pairs of socks. I will be making a trip back soon to complete the hike.

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Jina Hong
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Hiking

It was our first time to Dolly Sods. Really unexpected, beautiful scenery. We arrived on Friday afternoon and hiked in about 3 miles before setting up camp for the first night. On the second day, one of the dogs got loose after catching a scent and caused a minor detour... luckily she found her way back to us! We hiked through to the forks where there were lots of swimming holes to explore, and a lot of fun. Everything was very wet, very very muddy. Gaiters are highly recommended. We took our dogs and they loved it, not overly difficult for them. There were lots of other people on the trail but we still got a lot of alone time, especially on the breathed mountain trail. There was a lot of water available at random springs, but I can imagine things would be different if it hadn’t been raining so much lately. I would fill up every chance you get. On the last day, we hiked out through the lower and upper creek trails. The lower creek trail was basically a swamp! Overall, we had a great time and really enjoyed our hike. We will definitely be back!

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Zac Trautman
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Backpacking

took this trail and did the 21 mile lions head loop.. missed lions head but great trail.. essentially the same trail as this plus two more

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David Luu
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Backpacking

This is a beautiful area. I put a lot of info in my recording. Check it out.

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Zac Trautman
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First to Review

great trail with a solid change of scenery. best campsite was 1/10 of mile before beaver dam trail off of Dobbin grade which I was up to my knees in mud in some places. this trail is a single track featuring sand, rock, dirt, stream and a few creek crossings so prepare to be wet. this trail was also very boggy ..couldnt get the campsite we wanted to finished the trail in about 7 hours with cutting out the stem to lower red creek

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Michael Damanski
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Matt Noble
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Andrew Berg
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Gabriella Nowicki
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Ed Mason
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Anne Walker
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Kristian Yeager
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Peter Clifford
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Craig Lisk
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Stefan Lundberg
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Deb Myers
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Marc Blackwood
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Kristian Yeager
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Hallie Herz
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David Gillespie
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Frank Sonnett
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Kristi Allen
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