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The Landscape of Wonderful West Virginia: Dolly Sods Wilderness

Stories and history of the lands of West Virginia

Dolly Sods US Wilderness Area







Inside the Monongahela National Forest

The Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, located in Tucker, Grant, and Randolph Counties, is part of the Monongahela National Forest and the National Wilderness Preservation System. The elevations run from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.

Dolly Sods is known for being the highest plateau in the Appalachian Mountains. It is characterized by its flag trees, which are trees that have been shaped by years of intense wind. Vegetation in the area is more typical of plants usually found much farther north in areas of Canada. This area was named for the German family that settled in the area, the Dales family, and “Sods” is a regional Appalachian term for a large meadow on a mountain.