Sods Circuit

Laneville, West Virginia

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This is a highly recommended hike encompassing the best of what this wilderness has to offer. The trail hikes along the cascading Red Creek and Stonecoal Run and travels through the wonderfully scenic and unique barrens of the Sods. A steep climb up the ridge keeps you honest, but a rocky ridge-top view of the Red Creek Valley adds icing to the cake. Truly one of the most unique ecosystems in West Virginia is that contained in Dolly Sods. Today, northern hardwood forests characterize the lower elevations while open heath barrens and wide-open sods occupy higher elevations. The beauty of the area is stunning. Even though this wilderness is one of the most popular hiking destinations in West Virginia, the sense of solitude is strong.
Hiking West Virginia

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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

This is a highly recommended hike encompassing the best of what this wilderness has to offer. The trail hikes along the cascading Red Creek and Stonecoal Run and travels through the wonderfully scenic and unique barrens of the Sods. A steep climb up the ridge keeps you honest, but a rocky ridge-top view of the Red Creek Valley adds icing to the cake.

Truly one of the most unique ecosystems in West Virginia is that contained in Dolly Sods. Today, northern hardwood forests characterize the lower elevations while open heath barrens and wide-open sods occupy higher elevations. The beauty of the area is stunning. Even though this wilderness is one of the most popular hiking destinations in West Virginia, the sense of solitude is strong.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Laneville
Distance: 15.4
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round, but road may be closed by snow in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 2,550 feet
Top Elevation: 3,950 feet
Local Contacts: Dolly Sods Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Blackbird Knob, Blackwater Falls, Hopeville, Laneville
Driving Directions: Directions to Sods Circuit

Recent Trail Reviews

5/24/2009
1

nice trail. very rocky. camped by red creek, then did the majority of the hike the next day. the guide was excellent and spot on. thanks!



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