Swimming Holes:

Red Creek


Dolly Sods Wilderness has 47 miles of trails within 17,371 acres. Red Creek drops sharply in the steep canyon to provide swimming holes and waterfalls. Nice swimming spots that are accessible exist along the first mile of the Red Creek Trail from the Laneville Trailhead. If you want more excitement however, check out two spots deeper in the wilderness. These spots mark the ends of a steep canyon that is known for waterfalls and slides. The first is at the forks of Red Creek, two miles from the Blackbird Knob Trailhead.  This site includes multiple waterfalls and deep holes within a short section, with two 15 footers and a 200 foot slide being the highlights.  The second spot is at the junction of Red Creek and Fisher Spring Run.  It includes a few cascading waterfalls and nice spots to cool off.     Brochure (pdf) Map (pdf)


Dolly Sods is part of the Monongahela National Forest located in Eastern West Virginia.  There are seven trailheads that are accessible from Forest Rds. 19 and 75.  Swimming holes are most accessible from the Laneville Trailhead, Blackbird Knob Trailhead (Google Map directions below) and Fisher Spring Run Trailhead.  


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 (Office location) Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240, Petersburg, WV 26847, 1.5 miles south of Petersburg off Rt. 28/55


304-257-4488 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

Web resources:

Dolly Sods Wilderness – MNF site

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