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Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

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Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

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Diane B wrote a review Oct 2020
North Canton, Ohio1,780 contributions110 helpful votes
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This is called a wilderness area for a reason: wild, undeveloped, unpaved road, little to no restroom facilities, etc. There are many hiking trails and areas to for back-packing. There is one rustic campground. Views from on top are stunning, especially in autumn and especially from the Bear Rocks overlook where the Allegheny Front marks the Eastern Continental Divide.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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kalmansor wrote a review Oct 2020
Hedgesville, West Virginia6 contributions2 helpful votes
My family drove through Dolly Sods once a handful of years ago, and I had always wanted to go back to actually get out of the car and go hiking. I planned to go when the leaves turned, and I decided to go yesterday. I live 2.5 hours away, so this trip took up a whole day for me. I went alone and took a photo of the hiking map (it is helpfully posted at each trailhead) to use as a guide. I will say, as someone who is directionally challenged, I did have a couple moments of mild panic thinking I had gone too far or missed a turnoff. I started at Bear Rocks, then connected Raven Ridge, Dobbin Grade, Beaver Dam (I meant to get off here and walk back to my car, but got turned around somehow...), back onto Dobbin Grade and connected back to Bear Rocks. I was out there for about 4 hours, with several stops along the way. I'd love to go back, maybe in the spring, and hike along the lower half of the trails. WARNING: Even though it had been a week or so since it rained, there were areas of thick, sinking mud. Luckily I had waterproof hiking boots on, or I would have been in a serious mess. I would also appreciate if there were more trail blazes or something, instead of just signs where the trails connected. Wear appropriate gear, check the weather, have a screenshot or printout of the trail map, plenty of water and some snacks, and you should be golden. Oh, and an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle. The road in and out is bump and windy, so go slow and if you have motion sickness, where the wristbands or something.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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frogsun47 wrote a review Oct 2020
Huntsville, Alabama251 contributions26 helpful votes
We have enjoyed every aspect of West Virginia in it's fall glory. But Dolly Sods in our opinion was horrible. The drive up was dangerous and difficult and the scenery at the top was uninspiring to us at best. We will never do that again!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Timothy D wrote a review Oct 2020
Huntington9 contributions10 helpful votes
The long drive up the forest roads is well worth it when arriving at Bear Rocks. Excellent hiking in an unspoiled location.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Gene R J wrote a review Sep 2020
Silver Spring, Maryland4,299 contributions597 helpful votes
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We drove 30 miles through and beside this upland plateau called DSW, impressed with the long wooded vistas and limestone outcrops. This was my focus having climbed Seneca Rocks to its now fallen "Gunsight" with my brother in 1982. Much of the road signage was tailored to hunter access as the season is from September to March, so no trails for us. The scenery was excellent with sunny weather and the leaves just hinting "Fall"
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Date of experience: September 2020
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