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Dolly Sods Wilderness

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia USA

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“in the sods!”

The Dolly Sods Wilderness — originally simply Dolly Sods — is a U.S. Wilderness Area in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA, and is part of the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Dolly Sods is a rocky, high-altitude plateau with sweeping vistas and lifeforms normally found much farther north in Canada. To the north, the distinctive landscape of "the Sods" is characterized by stunted (“flagged”) trees, wind-carved boulders, heath barrens, grassy meadows created in the last century by logging and fires, and sphagnum bogs that are much older. To the south, a dense cove forest occupies the branched canyon excavated by the North Fork of Red Creek. The name derives from an 18th-century German homesteading family — the Dahles — and a local term for an open mountaintop meadow — a "sods".

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Anna Hider

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December 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

Real talk. This place has the best hiking in WV. Plan to backpack and camp out, super rustic style.

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Dolly Sods Wilderness

Monongahela National Forest
West Virginia
USA

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