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blue Dolly Sods Wilderness

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19.6 mile 31.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,364' 416 m
Descent: -1,365' -416 m
High: 4,153' 1,266 m
Low: 3,370' 1,027 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (5°)


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A great multi-night, long-weekend trip with amazing views and incredible changes in terrain

Ryan P

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Due to severe winter weather, Forest Road 75 is typically closed to vehicles from January 1 to April 15


The Dolly Sods offers both great day-hikes and long weekend trips... but come prepared for changing weather during any season!

Need to Know

Weather can change quickly in the Dolly Sods, so be prepared. During periods of heavy rain, creek crossings can become difficult.


Start at the parking area off Forest Road 75, approx. 100 yards north of the Bear Rocks Trailhead. From here, you'll follow the Bear Rocks Trail through open meadows and dotted sections of pine forest.

After 2.4 miles, you'll meet up with Raven Ridge Trail. At the junction, follow the trail northwest. Raven Ridge will dead-end at the Rocky Ridge Trail... head south but take a few minutes to enjoy the views from the rocks!

Continue along Rocky Ridge until you reach the junction with the Big Stonecoal Trail. NOTE: there is a possibility that water sources will be scarce from the Bear Rocks Trailhead until after you reach the Big Stonecoal Trail... plan accordingly!

You'll find some great campsites along this trail... keep your eyes open! After roughly 2.5 miles, you'll meet up with the Rocky Point Trail. This trail is appropriately named... very rough and rocky, so watch your ankles!

You'll meet up with the Red Creek Trail after 1.9 miles. Be prepared for a steady climb over the first half mile or so, but it will flatten out and eventually drop down to Red Creek. Great campsites here! Continue north along the Red Creek Trail - but be prepared for a steady and steep-at-times climb over the first mile or so.

At the junction with the Blackbird Knob Trail - hang a right and head east for a short jump over to the connection with the Upper Red Creek Trail.

After 1.3 miles, turn right on the Dobbin Grade Trail. Be prepared for very wet and muddy conditions! It's not uncommon to end up ankle deep in some sections... just be prepared for it.

You'll eventually come to a junction with the Bear Rocks Trail - make another turn to the east and head for home!

Flora & Fauna

Flora: rhododendron, red spruce, yellow birch, sugar and red maple, eastern hemlock, and black cherry, American beech, pine, hickory, sphagnum bog, fern

Fauna: foxes, bobcats, snowshoe hare, black bear, groundhog, white-tailed deer, rattlesnakes and copperheads, wild turkey, salamanders, and grouse

History & Background

During WWII, this area was used by the military as a training ground and artillery range. Signs at the trailheads still warn of the potential for unexploded munitions in the area... so don't stray too far off the beaten path!

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Jul 7, 2019
Stacie Bladen
Jun 16, 2019
Mike Bowen
11h 00m
May 25, 2019
Alec James
Either walking on sharp rocks or sunk into the mud. 19.6mi — 10h 00m
May 18, 2019
Kyle Green
19.6mi — 36h 00m
Apr 28, 2019
Shane Brost
3 days 2 nights
Oct 13, 2018
Jesse Feltz
Aug 25, 2018
Pauline Sipin
Aug 24, 2018
Steven Koy

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