Dolly Sods Wilderness
Known as, “A little bit of Canada gone astray,” the Dolly Sods Wilderness and Scenic Area is one of West Virginia and the Monongahela National Forest’s most treasured natural assets. Situated atop the highest plateau east of the Mississippi River, this U.S. Wilderness Area is characterized by weather typically found much further north in Canada. Avid backpackers and photographers know Dolly Sods to be a gem that delivers a true wilderness landscape and adventure.
Its rocky, boulder-strewn and densely forested landscape is home to several notable summits, including Coal Knob, Breathed Mountain and Blackbird Knob. The lofty elevation, much of it at nearly 4,000 feet, affords awe-inspiring views. More than 47 miles of hiking trails, some trail-to-rail and old logging roads, make the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area a fascinating place for hiking.
As a Wilderness area overnight camping comes with special regulations. Please refer to the US Forest Services guidelines before your journey into the wilderness. The “Sods”, as we call it, are as special a place you will find. The lush landscape, abundant fauna, and vast remoteness are fragile and need to be cared for.