Well known for its extensive rocky plains, upland bogs, and sweeping vistas, the Dolly Sods Wilderness is an anomaly left behind by retreating glaciers. Its vegetation resembles that of northern Canada. This unique "island" of wild country and its unusual plant communities—Sphagnum bogs, groves of wind-stunted, one-sided red spruce and twisted yellow birch, heath barrens, grassy sods, cranberries, and sundews—is traversed by a number of fine hiking trails. One such trail is the six-mile Boar's Nest-South Prong Loop, which can be hiked in either direction and gains a rocky 1,500 feet in elevation. Another is the short Northland Loop Trail, which meanders through the heath barrens to a bog and circles back to the road passing through a spruce/hemlock stand. The tread is very rocky and surrounded by dense rhododendron and laurel thickets.

 
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Address:
c/o Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240
Petersburg, West Virginia 26847


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Telephone Number: (304) 257-4488
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