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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.

3 days ago

Lots a different terrain. Had to be careful a few times to not get lost, but plenty of people hiking in July to ask for directions. I would not go if it's supposed to rain as most trails get extremely muddy fast. Lots of blueberries blooming in the higher elevations/open plains. Definitely recommend for an overnight backpacking trip!

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

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.

9 days ago

Traveled this trail last week, and it was a hit or miss for bogs. Many times we had to 'feel our way' with trekking poles to prevent from getting sucked in. It will slow your pace, so plan accordingly. Beautiful area and I can't wait to get back.

10 days ago

This is my first review, so forgive me if it's too much: The plotted trail includes 4 trails. 3 of the 4 trails need heavy maintenance/rerouting to be enjoyable. You start off on Mylius Trail (the only trail that doesn't need maintenance currently), then take a right at intersection to continue onto Shavers Mountain Trail. This trail was hard to follow due to the overgrown vegetation and lack of blazes. From there you hit the intersection of Green Mountain Trail which continues to be overgrown with Rhododendrons which make following the trail a huge challenge. We camped just past the intersection of Green Mtn Trail and Possession trail. Great camp site with water source nearby. The next day we continued on Green Mtn Trail. This was a little better vegetation wise, but still some areas were hard to follow the trail. If it had not been for muddy footprints, I am sure we would have been off the trail for quite some time. You then run into Otter Creek Trail. This was a nice open trail for a ways, it winds along the creekside and crosses many times (5, if i remember correctly NOTE: The book we had said 4 crossings) The Ford crossings on the upper part of the trail were clearly marked with cairns, the water was swift and refreshing. There were many areas where the trail had been completely washed out. Areas, where you literally had to hold onto the roots of the trees above you so you did not fall 20ft into the creek bed below. The lower part of Otter Creek Trail is very boggy. There was one part where we opted to walk through knee high vegetation to the right of the trail and discovered what Stinging Nettles were... oops. You then turn left onto Mylius trail again, which is comprised of following mostly dried up and boggy areas until you head up in elevation again to the Intersection of Shaver Mountain trail and Mylius, where you continue down Mylius to the trailhead. I would suggest rethinking this trail if you are looking for an easy trail. If you are up for the challenge and have a GPS and some sort of non-cellular mobile communication device for emergencies, then I would say go for it. I will try to upload some photos from the trail at a later time.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

Great hike. First day was 10 miles through a beautiful forest. The last half mile is a little rough straight down the mountain to cranberry river. Second day was 12 miles all road walking except the last 2 miles straight up the mountain.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Nice day ride. Slightly uphill going out. Nice mostly easy ride coming back. Some nice waterfall views. A bridge or two toward the end. Some traffic noise for some of the ride. Go's past the limestone plant. May encounter a little dust for a short distance. Partially shaded. Worth doing. Take a ride and have dinner in one of Morgantown's great restaurants/pubs afterward.

16 days ago

Great hike with beautiful forests and rhododendron bushes for as far as you can see. Also lots of mud. Travel may be slow.

on Red Creek Trail

16 days ago

Red Creek is a great hike. I did this with a friend as part of a three day/two night Dolly Sods trip. As with many of the trails in the Dolly Sods be careful to stay on trail— at times it is easy to get sidetracked.
There are some spectacular campgrounds along the upper parts of this trail. We stayed at one with a waterfall that was perfect to sit under after a tough day of hiking.

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.

24 days ago

I love this place

road biking
26 days ago

Nice easy trail

I’ve been going to Dolly Sods for many years, and absolutely love it ❤️

Great hike! Follow Forest Service Route 80; don’t be deterred by narrow gravel road. Keep driving until you hit last day-parking lot. No cars past this point. Short 0.3 mile walk to Dolly Sods wilderness and trailhead.

Most of the trail is well-marked by signs. But, need to be vigilant in a few places, or you’ll miss the turn-offs. Look for stick- or rock-obstructions on ground to indicate correct path (that is, don’t go down the paths that the rocks or sticks block off).

Ground was wet and muddy. Wear waterproof, hightop hiking boots or be prepared to get your shoes soaked.

Fairly easy grade—no crazy hard climbs or descents. Long parts of the trail are covered by small- to medium-size rocks. The soles of my feet are hurting right now, but I wore running shoes and not hiking boots today.

Interesting ecosystem. Biggest wetland in West Virginia. Lots of neat trees, plants, and bugs. Not desolate—we came across 3 groups of people (2 groups of day-hikers like us and 1 group of back-packers). We did the 11 miles in about 4 hours, averaging 22-minute miles.

trails were poorly marked, down trees, swamp like mud, poison ivy everywhere, over grown in spots, i would not go on this trail unless it has been dry in the area for a consideranle amouny of time

I wasn’t able to find the trail across from the first sentry bank; there’s hardly a sign where the app takes u through directions and is across from someone’s property so no parking there... then I went to first sentry Bank at intersection of mud river rd and us Rt 193; walked across the mud river rd and tried to find the trail but could not....

Could someone please guide me find the trail across from first sentry bank if it is there

Steep climb - breathtaking views

on Kanawha Trace

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, very clearly marked and well maintained. Completed in two days. Total milage is 31.8 if you start from the trailhead at the intersection of Mud River Rd. and US-193 in Barboursville. No signs there but it is directly across the road from First Sentry Bank. There is a small gravel shoulder big enough to park two vehicles and a telephone pole with a yellow and white trail blaze. From there it is a road walk down to Wild Cat Rd. on the left. Go under the over-pass of I-64 and walk until you see Mile Marker 1 on the right, enter the woods there. The other terminus (with mile marker 31.8) is located at the antique store across from the end of Staves Branch Rd. Mile markers throughout the entire trail so GPS is not necessary. Lots of (mostly friendly) dogs along the road walks, a few snakes, occasional livestock, and plenty of ticks! I wouldn't plan on sleeping at Eagle's Nest shelter, it appeared to be a party spot for local teens (fair amount of garbage/junk lying around and very muddy). Over-all, one of the best trails in the area and easy access to both trailheads. Highly recommended.


1 month ago

Moderately hard trail with a good amount of elevation changes. Spectacular views from the overlooks. Spring at half way point.

The hike through Harper's Ferry was well worth the drive from Ohio. After exploring the town I headed downstream to take in the views from Weverton Cliffs. The view upstream with West Virginia on your left and Maryland on your right with the Potomac River below and the town of Harper's Ferry in the distance is a beautiful view.

Great hike. I started the hike at Gathland State Park (free parking) and hiking south.

I would consider this hike easier than Seneca Rocks Trail any day. We did this with a 4 year old & she hiked the whole way by herself. Gorgeous views!

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.

Very nice, leisurely 6.3 mile hike along the Virginia and West Virginia line. Be careful crossing Charles Town Pike from the parking lot, it's a bit dicey with hills and curves in either direction. It's about 2.9 miles south to the beautiful David Lesser Memorial shelter (complete with covered picnic table and wooden swing). Very moderate elevation gain. We went on what turned out to be a soggy day; just a few day trippers and one AT thru hiker.

Did a 2 night camping trip starting from Harper’s Ferry visitor center, which allows you to park for 3 days for $10. This adds about 0.50 miles one way to your journey.

At key’s gap you can get food and water at a gas station 0.3 miles down the highway that intersects the trail.

Hiked past Keys Gap as far south as “trail to blackburn trail center”, which is about 3.5 miles past the David Lessner Memorial Shelter and has an ok view. From there I doubled back. Several camp sites along the way, deer sighting, flowering trees and butterflies.

On my way back, about 1 mile before reaching Harper’s ferry, I took the blue blaze trail at the junction to get some nice views of the river. This will add a couple more miles to your trip. It’s worth it because this section of the AT is all woods and doesn’t have great views.

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