The Blackbird Knob trailhead is 20 yards from the campground. This is a difficult loop trail to Breathed Mountain in Dolly Sods Wilderness. South. This trail goes by Blackbird Knob. After the road walk it puts you into the park at the Blackbird Knob/Breathed Mountain/Big Stonecoal junction which is about midway in the park. Known for its rocky plains and its breathtaking scenery, Dolly Sods Wilderness is 17,371 acres of wilderness preservation. DIFFICULT 14.2 mi. If you have experience driving on that and snow tires by all means try it, but don't count on being able to drive up to blackbird knob trailhead. Trail in Dolly Sods Wilderness Dolly Sods Wilderness - North Day Loop. The route began with an easy gravel path.
Visitors should carry the appropriate USGS topographic map (Blackbird Knob, Blackwater Falls, Hopeville, and Laneville cover the entire Dolly Sods area). That was just over halfway along trail 511 which is 4.7 miles long, so we figured hiking to Blackbird Knob and back would be a five mile hike or so.

The best part: easy access to the day hiking trails in Dolly Sods Wilderness. Overview: Map: Satellite: Directions: Overview: Map: Satellite: Directions: Notable Places in the Area. ... Breathed Mountain Loop via Blackbird Knob Trail. North America. Overview. Located in Tucker, Randolph, and Grant Counties of West Virginia, Dolly Sods Wilderness offers plenty of opportunities for mountain biking, climbing, fishing, and more. Its rocky, boulder-strewn and densely forested landscape is home to several notable summits, including Coal Knob, Breathed Mountain and Blackbird Knob. From Elkins, we used our phone to take us to Dolly sods. DIFFICULT 6.3 mi. From Red Creek trailhead you will need to cross Red Creek to access the Northern section of the Sods. Topographic maps and additional information about adjoining federal land can be obtained from: The center of the map showed that there was a peak called Blackbird Knob. 9. Avid backpackers and photographers know Dolly Sods to be a gem that delivers a true wilderness landscape and adventure. Unfortunately, Dolly Sods is so flat, that our arrival at Blackbird Knob was quite anticlimactic. The forest road up to blackbird knob may be closed or open, but if open it will often be gnarly. The Red Creek trailhead is easy access with a sedan. Dolly Sods from Mapcarta, the free map. DIFFICULT 12.0 mi. Dolly Sods Dolly Sods is a plain in West Virginia and has an elevation of 3835 feet. Breathed Mountain Loop via Red Creek Trail. The Dolly Sods Wilderness is located on top of the Allegheny Plateau of West Virginia, and is part of the Monongahela National Forest. This review is only on a visit to the Lion's head, as that is the only part we had time to explore. West Virginia. This is a easy one way trail in Dolly Sods Wilderness. EASY 2.3 mi. USA. Dolly Sods Wilderness. First off, I recommend stopping at a visitor's center to get maps of the area. Dolly Sods is north of Blackbird Knob. Blackbird Knob via Bear Rocks Trail. West Virginia's Dolly Sods Wilderness has a long and thorny history, but its quirks are what makes countless campers plan stays here year-round. 8. (I stopped at Randolph county in Elkins). The real reward was the seemingly out-of-place barren landscape interlaced with beech and spruce forest, and the color changes as we made our way along the trails. Dolly Sods trail distances. 7. 10. In fact, the "Dolly" part of the name is due to a family of sheep farmers in the area named Dahle.
Red Creek Trail. Bear Rocks Trail. EASY 3.1 mi. The road is very well maintained, paved about halfway and a well maintained gravel the rest of the way which would be fine for a sedan. 6. A backpacking trip in this area will expose you to a very diverse and unique landscape with sphagnum bogs, grassy meadows lined by spruce trees, wind-carved boulders, and beautiful mountain vistas. Well it’s the journey, not the destination right?