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.

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

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Saturday, October 1:  Stop by the Leave No Trace booth near the Family Activity Area from noon to 6 p.m. during ArtOber FEST 2022 at Timberline Resort in Canaan Valley. Meet Subaru/Leave No Trace Team Members and USFS staff to learn how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and for fun, family-friendly educational activities.

Sunday, October 2: Give back to the Sods by volunteering to clean up campsites and pack out trash along several trails on the western side of the Wilderness. Must be able to hike several miles on uneven terrain. Sign up by emailing Brooke Andrew at [email protected] or by stopping by the Leave No Trace table at ArtOber FEST. Volunteers must dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. Meet at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 10 a.m. We will return to the Visitor Center by 4 p.m.

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