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Best Time to Visit Dolly Sods

The best time to visit Dolly Sods depends on what you want from your trip to West Virginia. Summer sees the most open roads and best weather conditions, spring’s wildflowers are an unforgettable sight, fall brings vibrant foliage, and winter turns the park into an adventurous wonderland for those who want a challenge.

Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins are located nearby, with one, two, three, and four-bedroom West Virginia cabin rentals available for your Mountain State vacation – no matter what time of year.

Read on for details about the best time to visit Dolly Sods! 

Dolly Sods Wilderness In West Virginia, USA.Visit Dolly Sods in the Summer

If you visit Dolly Sods in the summer, you can expect mid-70s (Fahrenheit) in the daytime with nighttime temperatures dipping to the high 40s. Because of the higher elevation of Dolly Sods, this is quite a bit cooler than the surrounding areas. There are between 10 and 12 rain days monthly during the summer in Dolly Sods.

Some of Dolly Sods best hikes include the Beaver Dam Trail, Bear Rocks Trail, Red Creek Trail, or the Dolly Sods loop of 22.5 miles. The Bear Rocks Preserve is easily accessible by car in the summer months, with gorgeous views just a short walk from the parking lot. Visitors to Dolly Sods in the summer also partake in birding and flower spotting from the trails. 

You can save up to 15% when you book a one-bedroom cabin with a private hot tub at our cabins near Dolly Sods this summer.

Red Creek river flowing water above view in Dolly Sods, West Virginia with colorful autumn fall leaf colors tree foliage at Canaan valley Appalachian mountains.Visit Dolly Sods in the Fall

Visit Dolly Sods in the fall for crisp temperatures and bright autumn foliage. Temperatures range from the high 60s during the day to chilly mid 30s at night. There are between 9 and 11 rain days monthly during the fall in Dolly Sods Wilderness. The best fall foliage views in Dolly Sods happen during the fall, with late September to early October cited as the typical “peak” time for the colorful hues.

The stream at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins is stocked Labor Day weekend, securing amazing West Virginia trophy trout fishing for those who visit during the fall. Access to this stream is exclusive for guests at Harman’s. Professional fly fishing guides are available when requested in advance. 

The Bear Rocks Trail, an easy to moderate 2.4-mile hike, is a great activity for those who visit Dolly Sods in the fall. The trail is accessible during the fall and has little elevation change, making it an ideal hike for leaf peepers who want to focus on the views. Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest peak, offers unforgettable 360-degree views from an observational tower that allow guests to take in the beautiful fall foliage in its entirety. 

Dolly Sods Scenic Area after fresh snow, West Virginia.Visit Dolly Sods in the Winter

Adventurers who visit Dolly Sods in the winter should come prepared for highs in the low 30s and nighttime temperatures in the teens. Dolly Sods averages between 11 and 13 snow days monthly during the winter months, and many hiking trails are unmaintained due to the heavy snow. The Red Creek Trail remains open and is a great hike in Dolly Sods in the winter. 

Fishing is great at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in the winter, with the trout stream stocked regularly. Access to this portion of the North Fork River is restricted to guests of Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins and permit holders, giving you near-private access to some of the best trophy trout fishing in West Virginia. 

If you visit Dolly Sods in the winter, a stay at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins gives you access to Canaan Valley for skiing, tubing, and sledding through the snow. Spend all day on the slopes and retire to your cozy cabin for a night by the fire! 

Mountain Laurel wildflower at Dolly Sods in West Virginia.Visit Dolly Sods in the Spring

When you visit Dolly Sods in the spring, expect temperatures from the mid-60s during the day to chilly nights dipping down to the low 20s. Dolly Sods averages about 12 rain days monthly during the spring, bringing pops of color to the landscape in the form of wildflowers. 

Ride through the beautiful trails on horseback for a new perspective – you can even book a sunset horseback ride, taking you to a gorgeous overlook for sunset views of the wilderness around you. 

See the color return to the landscape from above on a thrilling zipline ride on the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour, just a short distance from Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins. Spring is also a great time to see the area’s waterfalls as the season’s snowmelt brings the streams and falls to their highest water levels. 

Dolly Sods Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest is home to captivating experiences all year long, with each season offering special attractions. Come for awesome weather and hiking in the summer, watch the leaves change in fall, sledding and skiing in the winter, or see the return of wildflowers and the height of waterfall season in spring.

No matter what the season, Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins provide a convenient and comfortable homebase while you explore Dolly Sods.