Hike #16 took me and my hiking partner, Rose, to a beautiful bit of wilderness in Monongahela National Forest, near Elkins, West Virginia, called Dolly Sods. The National Forest in its entirety will suck you in. But, Dolly Sods holds a special place in my heart. It’s the place where I really learned to appreciate the beauty of West Virginia. From windswept ridges dotted with lonely conifers to rocky outcrops overlooking the rolling hills way down below, the trail that Rose and I embarked on had views for days.
It is truly a wilderness and removes you from all modern comforts except for one established campground with a pit toilet and, depending on your carrier, barely any cell service. To put it simply, Dolly Sods is a world of its own.
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