Dolly Sods Wilderness Area - A federally designated wilderness area, the Dolly Sods Wilderness was created in 1970 to protect the unique scenic qualities of the area north of Forest Road 19. Today approximately 2,000 acres along Forest Road 75 is managed by the US Forest Service as a scenic area. The Dolly Sods Scenic Area is the most accessible and most visited part of the Sods. Berry picking, hunting and sightseeing are popular pastimes here. Forest Road 75 crosses the Scenic Area from south to north.
Seneca Rocks - Take a Hike! Up the mountain that is: Purchased by the federal government in 1969, Seneca Rocks is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia. These rocks have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers. The rock is composed of fine grains of sand that were laid down approximately 440 million years ago, in an extensive sheet at the edge of an ancient ocean. Years of geologic activity followed, as the ocean was slowly destroyed and the underlying rock uplifted and folded.
Nelson Rocks - Nelson Rocks Preserve is currently closed to rock climbing by the general public. The closure applies to all conventional, roped rock climbing, both "sport" and "trad", as well as unroped bouldering, scrambling and similar off-trail activities.Guided rock climbing and instruction by schools and guide services are permitted at the Preserve with the prior express consent of NRP management only. Schools or guide services interested in offering guiding or instruction should contact NRP for information.
Spruce Knob-Spruce Knob, 4,861 feet at its summit and the highest point in West Virginia, is located in Pendleton County on Spruce Mountain. Rocks here are of the Pottsville sandstone, dating from over 300 million years ago. Acquired in 1921 by the U.S. Forest Service, has a climate similar to Newfoundland and due to the harsh climate conditions trees grow only shrub-high and with limbs in other areas growing on one side. With the Whispering Spruce Trail leading to an observation tower, you will enjoy panoramic views that are as far as the eye can see. Spruce Knob Lake a 25 acre fishing lake is a 20 minute drive from the knob and is also the states highest lake.