Dolly Sods Wilderness

  

The 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.

For more information, see Dolly Sods Wilderness Brochure, Trail Map, and Expansion Map.

At a Glance

Restrictions:
  • Groups over 10 persons are prohibited in the Wilderness.
  • Camping and open campfires are prohibited within 300 feet of Forest Road 19 and Forest Road 75 except at Red Creek Campground.
  • Pets must be under your control at all times.
  • Motor vehicles are restricted to roads and parking areas.
  • Mountain bikes and mechanical devices such as carts are not allowed on Wilderness trails.
  • Stock is not permitted in the Red Creek campground
Information Center: For more information contact the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District at HC 59 Box 240, Petersburg, WV 26847 (304)257-4488 ext. 0

General Information

Directions:

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 six miles to the Dolly Sods Scenic Area. The wilderness is directly ahead of you at the intersection with FR 75. Turn right for Wildlife and Fisher Spring trailheads; turn left for Rohrbaugh and Red Creek trailheads.

From Canaan Valley: follow WV 32 south to the Laneville Road (WV 45). Turn left and go approximately 6 miles to the Red Creek Bridge, where the road changes from pavement to gravel and is now Forest Road 19. Red Creek trailhead is on the left behind the Laneville wildlife management cabin. Continue on FR 19 to get to Rohrbaugh trailhead and FR 75


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Hiking

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Backpacking

Dolly Sods Wilderness has 47 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Listed below are several possible loop hikes. Fords indicate streams that may be a problem to cross during high water events. There may be additional small stream crossings.

  • Practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics: do not build a camp within 200 feet of roads, streams and trails.
  • Trails can be muddy and wet so be prepared to get your feet wet.
  • Dress for the weather. Be prepared for sudden changes.
  • Wear proper footwear.
  • Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs before drinking to kill harmful pathogens.
  • During hunting seasons, hikers are encouraged to wear high visibility clothing.

For trail information, see Dolly Sods Wilderness Brochure and Trail Map.

Day Hiking

Dolly Sods Wilderness has 47 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Listed below are several possible loop hikes. Fords indicate streams that may be a problem to cross during high water events. There may be additional small stream crossings.

  • Practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics: do not build a camp within 200 feet of roads, streams and trails.
  • Trails can be muddy and wet so be prepared to get your feet wet.
  • Dress for the weather. Be prepared for sudden changes.
  • Wear proper footwear.
  • Bring drinking water; otherwise, treat water from streams and springs before drinking to kill harmful pathogens.
  • During hunting seasons, hikers are encouraged to wear high visibility clothing.

For trail information, see Dolly Sods Wilderness Brochure and Trail Map.