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Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

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Address: Elkins, WV
Phone Number: +1 304-257-4488
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Located in the Monongahela National Forest, this 10,215-acre area is one of...

Located in the Monongahela National Forest, this 10,215-acre area is one of the few wilderness areas on the East Coast.

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A fantastic natural area for all to enjoy

Dolly sods wilderness area is EXACTLY THAT wilderness U may see a hawk you may see an eagle or bear the roads are gravel in the spring there are wild blueberries GO at night and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dolly sods wilderness area is EXACTLY THAT wilderness U may see a hawk you may see an eagle or bear the roads are gravel in the spring there are wild blueberries GO at night and lay on the ground on a blanket look up at the stars and you will recall CARL SAGANS WORDS Billions and billions of STARS

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a bit pa a slow and rough ride to experience the top of the world. Unbelievable views are worth the ride!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Dolly Sods, have been backpacking for decades and never got tired of it. What is unique of this place are the wide open views of the mountaintops overgrown with blueberries, with some mountain laurel and red spruce. Feels like northern Alaska. But... Do not come for a casual visit. The road is in poor condition, long, bumpy, dusty... More 

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Thank 2347652015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Drove forever on a dirt road with no gravel and lots of bumps Never figured out exactly where Dolly Sods was No signs It was cold and windy plus snow in mid-October Will have to try again

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We really didn't know what to expect when we set out to go to Dolly Sods. When we got there though we were not disappointed! It is truly amazing! We were there in October and the huckleberry and blueberry bushes leaves were all red. This was truly beautiful considering there are large fields of them everywhere. Climbing up the rocks... More 

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Summersville, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Took a trip up to the Bear Rock area during our stay in Davis and the views were amazing. The wind was crazy strong but it was also the same weekend that Hurricane Matthew was on the Caroline Coast so not sure if they are always that strong or feeling the affects of the hurricane.

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This very unique area is home to flora that's normally found only in Canada. It's great for walks and views of things you can't or won't see almost anywhere else. There are a lot of dirt and/or winding roads to get up there, but the walking is easy and there's plenty to see once you arrive. Highly recommended.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Although I cringe thinking about the rough, gravel road you have to drive over the beauty of the area is second to none. The day we went was very cold and windy up on top. The temperature before we left was low 60"s and at the top it was 39 with the wind blowing. I can't imagine what the wind... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Beautiful remote area of West Virginia. Been half a dozen times or so between this year and last, although I always cringe driving over the rough forest roads even with a 4x4... especially in the dark as I like to go for sunrise & sunset photos. I've entered and left Dolly Sods via 2 different routes, first being from the... More 

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Gallitzin, PA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Read that this was a must see in the area. We spent a couple hours driving on narrow dirt roads, lots of holes, had to negotiate places to pass other cars coming the other way. We never found the place. No signs to direct you to viewing areas or even to show the way out. For it being a national... More 

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