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Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

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Not the best road for a Harley but I made it. My friends had sport bikes and had no problems with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gilstrap_robert
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Rockville, Maryland
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I wasn’t expecting the long drive with minimal directions once arriving. The area is truly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lllcville
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Located in the Monongahela National Forest, this 10,215-acre area is one of the few wilderness areas on the East Coast.
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Forest Road 19, Elkins, WV
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the best road for a Harley but I made it. My friends had sport bikes and had no problems with the road. Amazing views. Lots of camping. A very beautiful location

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn’t expecting the long drive with minimal directions once arriving. The area is truly wilderness and not a highly traveled so if you are looking for a place to escape, you should go to Dolly Sods.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank lllcville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

SOOOO...it was beautiful area BUT...it is very wet and muddy in places---I actually stepped into a mud hole and sank up to my knees in mud----thankfully there was a river that I could wash my boots/socks in. Campground was full, so we camped in woods...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank marciad2017911
Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

If you’re looking for a great way to introduce your kids to backcountry camping, I highly recommend Dolly Sods. Over a weekend in May we took our boys (9 and 7) for two nights. We did the Fisher Spring Run hike to Red Creek and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank getoutthere21
Reviewed May 26, 2019

While off the beaten path, this is not a 'secret' location as demonstrated by the lines of cars and hikers here on Memorial Day weekend. Still, this is a outstanding wilderness area with many trails in a enclosed area. Be prepared for your feet to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank DillonM1905
Reviewed April 12, 2019

Bordering the next-door Dolly Sods Wilderness, but much more accessible, we started our day with Bear Rocks, truly an absolute must in the Thomas/Davis area. It's their crown jewel, but I probably said the same about Blackwater Falls. Heck, all of West Virginia is a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

This is well off the main road. Visit in the spring and fall to take advantage of the colors of the seasons. The environment is a bit unique and worth the trip. Oh ya, great views.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David K
Reviewed January 15, 2019

The husband and I took a group of 8 kids with us to hike Dolly Sods in search of a swimming hole and waterfall. Beautiful area, decently marked trails, not too overgrown in most places. We had quite an adventure hiking our way down the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Jamie D
Reviewed January 7, 2019

If you're a naturalist, hiker, camper or outdoors person, you'll love the Sods. No comforts of home. Beautiful fresh air, wild flowers, berries for picking, clean water streams and views that will leave you breathless. NOW if you think you're going to find a lodge...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank gman2237
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Lacking snow, hiking was great way to enjoy the white rock and amazing views from the Valley Ridge trail. Will have to com back with X-country skis next time.

Date of experience: December 2018
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karissa822j
July 14, 2019|
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Response from marciad2017911 | Reviewed this property |
You can drive to parking lot right next to Bear Rocks. Walk perhaps 100 yards will put you on Rocks with great views!! There are several bushes/plants so maybe wear lightweight pants to protect legs. Also, no guard rails... More
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Lori H
May 21, 2019|
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Response from gman2237 | Reviewed this property |
If going to the Sods, stay at Canaan Valley. It's at the bottom of the mountain and a quick drive up.
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