Sunday, November 1, 2015

Almost Heaven: Dolly Sods West Virginia #hiking #travel

I know I am late in sharing this. I haven't been blogging  much at all. I have been so busy with the kids and volunteer work that I had to prioritize! But, I do really want to share about our camping trip to West Virginia this year. It was an absolutely AMAZING trip. And, knowing that I might not get around to sharing everything about the trip, I am going to start with my favorite place we hiked.

We camped in Canaan Valley (pronounced Ka Nane), located in Tucker County, WV. This is the second least populated county in the state and located in the Allegheny Mountains. While there, we hiked the Blackwater Falls area, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, Canaan Valley Wilderness and Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Dolly Sods hiking
By far, Dolly Sods Wilderness was my favorite area. It is located in the Allegheny Mountains and is part of the Monongahela National Forest. It is the highest plateau of its type east of the Mississippi River. This rocky area has meadow lands, grassy plains, boulders, forests, sphagnum bogs and incredible vistas. In fact, you really don't have to do much hiking to see some of the vistas.


Dolly Sods, WV hiking
Driving through the Dolly Sods area can be tricky. The roads are gravel forest roads and not always clearly marked, so make sure you get a map before you go. We actually had to turn around because there was a recently fallen tree blocking the road. I have also started taking pictures like the one above on my phone when I hike. They can be a great point of reference.

Also, we did see some cars there, but be warned, some of the roads are not in good shape. There are lots of sink holes in the road so you will need to take it slowly. Also, I have Verizon Wireless service and had very limited service and mainly only texting. So, before you venture out, be prepared in case you get stuck. And I have been told the weather can quickly change, so be aware and be prepared!




All that being said, it was well worth the time it took to get there. I wished that we could have done more hiking there and definitely plan to go back.

The north end is an area known as Bear Rocks Preserve and the views here were stunning! These were just short walks from the parking area.


Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV



These are some photos from our hike on Bear Rocks Trail. Hiking books are a must as the trail is very rocky in places!


The area is full of blueberry, huckleberry and cranberry bushes. From what I read, you can pick as much as you can carry!

Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV

Dolly Sods, WV

We saw rain all around, but fortunately, we managed to skirt past it!

Dolly Sods, WV

This will give you a bit of an idea about the roads. Some areas are not wide enough to pass, so if you see a car coming and can pull over, it is a good idea to do right away, even if you have to wait.

Dolly Sods, WV
We were at Dolly Sods in June and the temperatures were a perfect 70-ish degrees. I don't know that it ever gets really hot there. Every thing was beautiful, but this is also an area that I think would be amazing every season of the year.

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