Dolly Sods Wilderness - Hiking
The crown jewel of the Monongahela National Forest has 17,371 acres, 47 miles of trails, and ecological diversity ranging from lush hardwood forests to bog and heath environs typical of Southern Canada.
Dolly Sods contains 47 miles of trails that circumnavigate, circumvent, and connect all throughout the Wilderness area. Hikers should consult a trail map to choose a route that fits.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Terrain varies in elevation from 2,500 to more than 4,700 feet. Trails can be tricky to follow so take a map, and pay close attention throughout the hike. Hikers should expect rocky and muddy trails, high water crossings, large bogs, and false trails. Weather can change abruptly—heavy rain can cause water to rise rapidly in streams, and snow is possible at higher elevations October through April.
Time To Complete
Because of the variety of trailheads, destinations, and connectors, hikers can customize their experience. You can accomplish a simple and brief jaunt to an overlook in under an hour, or achieve a full-day epic via a loop or out-and-back.
A visit to the Sods during any season will reap bountiful rewards. Trails are open year-round, but Forest Roads are not maintained during winter. Spring is brilliantly rich and wet. Summer is lush with warm nights. Winter has snowshoeing opportunities galore. However, Dolly Sods is most popular in fall when the hardwood foliage and blueberry bushes explode with vibrant color.
On Leash Only
If you are looking to camp, the only fee area in Dolly Sods is the Red Creek Campground on Forest Road 75. Sites are $11 a night as of 2015.
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Trail Running
- White Water Paddling