Scenic USA - West Virginia
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Dolly Sods Scenic Area
|Photo by Amanda Haddox
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Part of a large tract of wilderness land in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, Dolly Sods is found atop one of the highest plateaus east of the Mississippi. Its dense forestlands, rugged terrain and catchy name add up to some of West Virginia’s most fascinating, wild and scenic lands.
Grouped with the Monongahela National Forest, Bear Rock Nature Preserve, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the entire Dolly Sods area has to be one of the state’s noteworthy success stories. Once covered in an ancient forest of huge red spruce and hemlock (some measuring well over 12 feet in diameter), this timberland quickly gave in to area lumber mills. When this area was stripped of its tree canopy, the underbrush dried and easily succumbed to ravaging fire. The land remained barren, stripped of its forest and woodland denizens, until saved by the forest service.
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