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Dolly Sods Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest

July 21, 2019 - July 27, 2019

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Dolly Sods Wilderness is a gem of the Monongahela National Forest. Although we do not have accurate visitation estimates, it can be confidently said that Dolly Sods is one of the most visited Wilderness areas in the Eastern United States. For all the media attention these trails get, they do not receive as much support for maintenance. This project helps to remedy that by consisting of multiple small projects all geared toward making the trails more sustainable. Work may include installing drainage features, consolidating user-created trails, and brushing overgrown trails. Participants are sure to learn or improve a diversity of skills while seeing an equal diversity of ecosystems this Wilderness is famous for!


Forest Service




Day hiking up to 5 miles each day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Nestled in the mountains of the Potomac Highlands is Tucker County, a backcountry mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. With two state parks, two wilderness areas, a wildlife refuge, and countless more public lands to enjoy, there is no hiding from the spectacular beauty and wildness offered in just this one county alone! The work area, Dolly Sods Wilderness (part of Monongahela National Forest), is a major attraction for those seeking to escape the East Coast bustle and is a regular feature Backpacker magazine. The nearest towns, Davis and Thomas, are located a short 25 minute drive from the accommodations. These towns are small, but offer much including eclectic food, three local breweries, art galleries, outdoor outfitters, coffee shops, and a one of a kind music venue, the Purple Fiddle. Although transportation is available to the job site, bringing your own car to take advantage of all these opportunities is highly recommended. There is nothing like stomping your feet to a bluegrass band at the Purple Fiddle after hitting the trails all day!

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in a rustic Forest Service cabin, known as Laneville Cabin, located just outside the boundary to Dolly Sods Wilderness. The cabin is located next to the Red Creek trailhead leading into the Wilderness area. There is no cell phone coverage in and around the cabin. There are two rooms that have seven twin beds each, a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. PLEASE NOTE: Camping is not allowed in the yard of Laneville Cabin. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag or linens and pillow, towels, and personal gear.


Airport pickup provided from Dulles International Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Monongahela National Forest
1079 Main Street East, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 24986 United States