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Dolly Sods Wilderness

Senior Editor Shannon Davis has hiked in West Virginia's Dolly Sods Wilderness dozens of times. Here, a selection of his favorite spots and shots.
  • Looking southeast from the canyon rim in the Roaring Plains Wilderness
  • View from an off-trail campsite on the canyon rim in Roaring Plain Wilderness
  • Sunset in north Dolly Sods.
  • A butterfly lands on some mountain laurel on the Dobbin Grade Trail.
  • Boardwalk near the trailhead on the South Prong Trail
  • View of seldom-used campsite next to the South Prong trail.
  • View of the same South Prong Trail campsite in winter
  • Bear track on Forest Road 70 in February.
  • Crossing of the South Fork of Red Creek on the South Prong Trail
  • A well appointed campsite near the Rocky Ridge and Dobbin Grade Trail junction
  • Stunted pines along the Bear Rocks Trail in North Dolly Sods
  • Hiking partner Glen Crippen at Bear Rocks
Looking southeast from the canyon rim in the Roaring Plains Wilderness
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Looking southeast from the canyon rim in the Roaring Plains Wilderness


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Loved Dolly Sods in the winter time it was magnificent!
— Anonymous

I did a short weekend trip to the Dolly Sods area back in 1975 era. I don't remember any trails but that was some 40 years ago. I do remember hiking around a number of beaver ponds. It was a very cool area.
— Tim T.

Would love to use some of these photos for physician recruiting in Randolph County, WV.
Shannon - Please email me to work out details... thanks
— Elizabeth

That stream will clog a filter like right now!
— Maria

hello backpacker and shannon davis,
i am new to backpacking and would love some info on dolly sods. my friend and i backpacked into cranberry wilderness in wv last year and we did a 17 mile over nighter and i loved it. i have been dreaming of more since. i wondered if you would give me advice on some trails in dolly that i may be interested in. please and thank you. Jamie
— Jamie


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