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Hollowdweller
2007-07-20, 18:12
We went there last weekend. My friend Patti came and she had never been there so I tried to incorporate some of the "greatest hits" of the place, along with some new areas.

This is Rocky Point Trail. It follows an old narrow gauge railroad grade so most of the old ballast rock they used to build the grade is there. Makes for some slow hiking.



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But if you go up the secret passage you get to the Lions Head Cliffs
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That is part of the greatest hits as is this waterfall where my wife and I camped on our honeymoon 22, almost 23 years ago. My friend Patti had not got in the water before this and finally braved the cool mountain water and declared victory!!

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This was new for me. The USFS just bought the huge bog Dobbin Slashings and we hiked thru it out to Cabin Mountain.
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Here is the part of Cabin Mt I had never been on before a cool pile of rocks
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Heading on we could see the part of Cabin Mountain that is actually an official trail where we would eat lunch
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Lunch break
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The trail proceeds thru rocks following the cairns
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I thought this one was cool
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Next on to Harman Knob which overlooks Caanan Valley
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then onto Blackbird Knob Trail. If you look you can see the lunch rocks in the distance on the left
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Break from the sun on BB Knob
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Red Creek tannic color from bog runoff
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One of our camps
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Crossing Red Creek near the end
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Group shot at last stop before the car where Big Stonecoal runs into Red Ck
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GGS
2007-07-21, 00:27
Awesome post, Hollowdweller!

dropkick
2007-07-21, 01:35
You go on some really cool hikes.

dropkick
2007-07-21, 01:40
You go on some really cool hikes.

JAK
2007-07-21, 10:51
Way cool. What's so bad about wet feet eh.

Take-a-knee
2007-07-21, 11:07
I figured WV had some pretty scenery but I didn't know it was that lovely. You ever do any fishing in those streams?

sailingsoul
2007-07-21, 16:39
Very cool pictures, thanks for posting. Seeing people getting out, enjoying nature and each other,,,,, good times indeed. Bravo! SS :captain:

Hollowdweller
2007-07-22, 12:59
Take,

Dolly sods is the highest plateau east of the Mississippi if I am not mistaken. It's really not typical of most of WV which is hilly more than mountainy.

It has a lot of bog and higher elevation species you don't really run into in most of WV. Lots of blueberries and cranberries. Spruce. Sundew. It's a really cool and unique place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_Sods_Wilderness

kc8kfl
2007-07-30, 22:48
I am not sure how many people know about this program, West Virginia offers free stuff for visiting their state parks and hiking the trails. Have fun, enjoy.
First link is to get a wind breaker, second is for a walking stick
http://www.wvstateparks.com/community/vipp.htm

http://www.wvstateparks.com/community/hiking.htm

Fishing is excellent in that part of the state, trout and small mouth bass especially. light tackle with a 1/8 ounce yellow jacket inline spinner or a rainbow trout pattern works well. North-Fork of the South Branch next to Dolly Sods is a good place to try.

beautiful pictures of Dolly Sods.

Kiwi Dad
2007-07-31, 06:22
Yoh, top spots! Looks like a great hike. Nice to have friends new and long time (ie: other half). Can you really fish in the parks? (sorry, I'm an "international"). The rivers look as though they run a bit, how hard where they to cross? Or were they not too swift? ........so many questions