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Blackbird/Ridge Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Beautiful 10 mile loop through some of the most picturesque areas in the Sods.


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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

98%

Runnable

4,157' 1,267 m

High

3,718' 1,133 m

Low

888' 271 m

Up

888' 271 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Follow the full length of the Rocky Ridge Trail into the full length of Raven Ridge Trail, both moderately strenuous, down through to the easy Upper Red Creek Trail trail with a stream crossing. Then turn onto the Blackbird Knob Trail to finish out the loop with an uphill, taking you through some of the best areas in the upper sods.

Description

The Rocky Ridge Trail is softly uphill in this direction, exposed through windswept sandstone boulders and a surprisingly sandy trail with beautiful views of the sods.

Then Raven Ridge Trail winds through pine forests and open meadows, a nice downhill the entire way so use it to relax and rest.

Then the relatively smooth Upper Red Creek Trail requires the first real climb of the route, about 150 feet up over a half mile, into another downhill section taking you around the east side of Blackbird Knob.

Then turn right onto the Blackbird Knob Trail, and enter the crux of the loop, a 300 foot climb up out to the parking lot over a mile.

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Nick Healey

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

Upper Red Creek / Blackbird Knob Junction
May 20, 2015 near Davis, WV
The view from Rocky Ridge trail - chairs and a ready made fire pile ready to go.
Sep 14, 2020 near Davis, WV
Utilize this great campsite off the Rocky Ridge Trail in the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Jul 4, 2017 near Davis, WV
Along Blackbird Knob Trail.
Aug 7, 2016 near Davis, WV
Outlook on Rocky Ridge Trail
Oct 9, 2017 near Davis, WV
Many species of fern on the trail.
Aug 6, 2020 near Davis, WV

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