Hiking The Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

The 12th most popular hiking trail in West Virginia.

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East of Davis and Elkins in the Monongahela National Forest, the 10,200 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness Area has 25 miles of hiking trails. The routes tend to follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Dolly Sods Wilderness occupies the lower half of the drainage of the north fork of Red Creek. The northern section of the wilderness is high-elevation plateau, wind-swept and boggy. The remained of the wilderness is more forested with maple, birch, black cherry, and hemlock. The trail system within the wilderness is well suited to creating your own hiking loops depending on how far you would like to hike. Loop hikes of 5.6 miles to 15 or more miles can be done. Note: The Forest Service is currently replacing many missing trail signs in the wilderness, but not all have been replaced.

To reach the trailhead from Petersburg, follow WV 28/55 south to Jordan Run Road. Turn right and go 1 mile to Forest Road 19. Turn left and follow FR 19 6 miles to the Dolly Sods Scenic Area. The wilderness is directly ahead of you at the intersection with FR 75. Turn right to Wildlife and Fisher Spring trailheads; turn left for Rohrbaugh and Red Creek trailheads.

Or, to reach the trailhead from Seneca Rocks: go north on WV 28/55 to Jordan Run Road, and turn left. Then follow the instructions directly above these.

Overall, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in West Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness Area including North Fork Mountain Trail and West Fork Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Monongahela National Forest (304) 636-1875; WV Tourism (800) CALLWVA.

Recommended Book:  "Explorers Guide West Virginia" from Leonard Adkins

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge (800) CALLWVA

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bright Morning Inn, Davis

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf/

Article Source:   Hiking The Dolly Sods Wilderness Area https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=19306

GPS:  39.0324, -79.3162

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  10/16/2018

ID:  19306

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