5-6 Days in Dolly Sods with Scouts
Dec 4, 2021 at 7:27 am #3733921Brad PSpectator
My troop is considering a roll your own trip to Dolly Sods in Summer 2023. Most of the routes I see are less than 30 miles and I’d like to make it a 5-6 day trip. Have any of you gone there for more than 3 days? Do you have the route you did?
I’m also considering other backpacking trips within a day’s drive of Northern, VA for the same number of days. The Smokies would be great but they have group limits that would make it not work.Dec 4, 2021 at 12:25 pm #3733938Mark MessonnierBPL Member
Brad – the site just lost my reply (twice) so I’ll send you a PM with a Dolly Sods route I did last October, hiking five days.Dec 4, 2021 at 3:07 pm #3733960Kevin BabioneBPL Member
I’ve been to the Sods on three trips and felt that I really covered it pretty completely in two days on each trip. If you end up going in July you’ll have to remember sunscreen – most of the northern part of the Sods is in full sun.
You don’t say how big your group is, but another thought, on a trail less traveled, would be to do a chunk of the Mid State Trail in PA. It would be a point-to-point hike so you’d need to work out the logistics, but the MST passes through a number of state parks with camping so you could mix up staying on trail with staying in a group site at a state park.Dec 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm #3734009Brad PSpectator
Kevin, this is for 2023, so I can’t be certain of group size, but I suspect it would be 12, including adults. Thank you for that suggestion. Splitting it into 2 hikes is a possibility.
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