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Dolly Sods Picnic Area

 

Dolly Sods


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Potomac Ranger District
HC 59, Box 240
Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone: (304) 257-4488

GPS: 38.989, -79.356

The Dolly Sods Scenic Area was created in 1970 to protect the unique scenic qualities of the area north of Forest Road 19.  Today approximately 2,000 acres along Forest Road 75 is managed by the US Forest Service as a scenic area.

The Dolly Sods Scenic Area is the most accessible and most visited part of the Sods. Berry picking, hunting and sightseeing are popular pastimes here. Forest Road 75 crosses the Scenic Area from south to north.

Towards the south end of the Scenic Area, the landscape is more forested with occasional openings or vistas. The Overlook gives visitors sweeping views of the North Fork Valley 3,000 fee below. The Northland Loop Trail is a one half-mile trail that introduces visitors to bogs, barrens and berries.

The Dolly Sods Picnic Area: This small picnic area is nestled among the trees near the top of the Allegheny Plateau. It is located near the Dolly Sods Scenic Area and the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Season:
Open year round.

Facilities:
Each site has a picnic table, grill and waste receptacle. There are two non-accessible vault toilets in the area.

Attractions:
The Dolly Sods Scenic Area offers a unique view of northern, or Canadian, vegetation. The Scenic area is located less than a mile from the picnic area.

Hiking:
The Dolly Sods Wilderness offers challenging hiking experiences because the trail junctions are not signed and there are no bridges over stream crossing. Topo maps are recommended for wilderness adventures.

Camping:
Red Creek Campground is located north of the picnic area.  Red Creek Campground offers 12 campsites that include picnic tables, fire rings, tent pads, and lantern holders.

Fees:
There is no fee for use of the picnic area.

Can you reserve a picnic site? No. Sites are on a first come, first serve basis.

Notes: Picnic area limited to day-use only.

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