How large is Dolly Sods Wilderness?

17,371 acre
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.

Is Dolly Sod road paved?

Getting to the entrance to Dolly Sods requires a slow 30 minute drive from highway 32 along a paved road that is extremely narrow (only one lane wide in many areas), and includes many sharp, blind turns that would be very dangerous if there was oncoming traffic.

Do you need a permit for Dolly Sods?

A special use permit may be issued to allow overnight parking in a designated lot along Forest Road 80 in order to access the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area for backpacking/camping. Camping is not permitted on the Refuge.

Can you drive through Dolly Sods?

You can learn more about the trails from this brochure. The main roads for driving in Dolly Sods are Forest Roads 75 and 19. They are rough, unpaved roads, but in normal weather conditions, they don’t require a four-wheel-drive, although a vehicle with high clearance would be ideal.

Is the road to Dolly Sods open?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Monongahela National Forest has announced that the closure of roads in the Dolly Sods Wilderness area will continue until further notice.

Why is it called Dolly Sods?

In the mid-1800s, the Dalhe family used open grassy fields called “sods” for grazing sheep in this area, which now bears the name Dolly Sods Wilderness. The region, located high on the Allegheny Plateau, is known for its extensive rocky plains, upland bogs, and sweeping vistas.

Can you camp anywhere in Dolly Sods?

The rules state you can camp anywhere in the Dolly Sods Wilderness as long as you are 300 feet off of the forest road. However, you can park just about anywhere along that roadway… hike down in a few hundred feet and set up camp.

Does Pee attract black bears?

Urine odor attracts bears. So you should do your peeing far from the campsite or dispose of the waste elsewhere.