Monday, February 20, 2012

Dolly Sods Wilderness

I'm going to keep this entry short on words and just let the pictures speak for themselves.  The Dolly Sods backcountry is a beautiful place, and if you haven't visited you should be planning your first trip there soon.

As incredible as the scenery is, the Sods can be an unforgiving place.  Winds there can be brutal, and 50-60 mph gusts are common.  Additionally, don't expect to take a hike without having to walk through at least a few swampy mud holes.  This past December a group of friends and I were hiking through the backcountry and we ended up knee deep in a bog, which from a distance looked like nothing more than a mossy meadow.  Waterproof footwear is a must!  Most importantly, bring a GPS or compass if you plan to leave the roads.  The trails are not well marked and the woods can be so thick that it's difficult to see more than 10-20 yards in front of you in places.

1 comment:

  1. These photos are gorgeous:) I saw the Sods & Cranberries for the first time this past summer. It's breathtaking.

    I found you searching for lovely images of the Elk River: I'm an artist & blogger in Charleston and I'm working on some landscape drawings to raise funds & awareness of the chemical leak. I'd love to use the images you posted to Little River Outdoor forum as a basis for drawings and to post with credit to my blog. If you're interested, let me know. You can find me through my google profile or at daisybones {at} gmail {dot} com.