Hot Spot

Dolly Sods Wilderness | Sept. 29-Oct.3, 2022

Cortland, WV

Located in West Virginia, Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is 17,371 acres and part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph, and Tucker Counties and contains much of the Red Creek drainage. There has been a continuing trend of increased visitation at Dolly Sods over the past two decades, with a significant spike during the Covid-19 pandemic. This has lead to an increase in impacts, most prominent of which have been damage to vegetation and trees, camping-related impacts, and group use impacts. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Dolly Sods leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement. Check back for more information as we work to finalize dates and program offerings.

*Dolly Sods Wilderness is located on the ancestral lands of the Massawomeck and possibly other tribes*

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