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Established Camping

Red Creek Campground

About

National Forest

Monongahela National Forest

Red Creek Campground is a primitive, small campground that sits on top of the Allegheny Plateau and within the Dolly Sods Scenic Area. The climate and plant life here resembles Northern Canada. A stone___s throw from the campground is Dolly Sods Wilderness which offers a unique wilderness hiking opportunity for those looking for adventure. This area features unique scenery and unusual plant communities. Flowering laurel, rhododendron and azaleas highlight this area from May through June. Huckleberry picking is popular during the month of July. And for those looking for wildlife, bird banding is performed in late summer and during the fall. Located approximately 20 miles northwest from Petersburg, West Virginia and 24 miles north of Seneca Rocks.

Reservation Info

No camping is allowed within 300 feet of FR75 unless in a designated campground. Maximum length of stay is 14 days.

Campground users should bring their own water or be prepared to treat any water.

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Location

Red Creek Campground is located in West Virginia

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Directions

From Petersburg, WV, go south on 28/55 to State Route 4 (Jordan Run Road). Follow SR 4 for one mile and turn left onto Forest Road 19. Follow FR 19 for 6 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 75. Follow FR 75 for 7 miles to the campground.

Coordinates

39.03226 N
79.31594 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Drinking Water
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18 Reviews

Matthew F.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2022

Such a great spot

The sites aren’t huge or majorly spread out, but there is just something about them that makes it nice. There is SO much hiking from the campsite. My girlfriend and were able to do a 15 mile loop. There was water crossings, blue berries and gorgeous fields. It’s been years since I was here, but it held up and even surpassed my memories.

Directly across from the camp site is a .25 mile walk out to a beautiful vista. We enjoyed the sunsets and morning coffee here.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Matthew F., August 31, 2022
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Matthew F., August 31, 2022
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Matthew F., August 31, 2022
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Cody M.
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2022

Base Camp Dolly Sods

Primitive campground atop the Allegheny Front. Mostly visited by hikers looking for a base camp or a place to crash before or after a backpacking trip. Two pit toilets. There is a water pump with no handle, but there’s a reliable piped spring to left of the parking spot for site #3. Sites 2 & 3 are walk in’s. Both have lots of hammocking spots in the trees behind the sites. #3 is my favorite. Fills early on weekends.

Site3
Month of VisitSeptember
Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 30, 2021

Primitive campground on the edge of the wilderness

This is a small rustic campground on the edge of the Dolly Sods wilderness. In spite of the gravel road to get here, you’ll find a lot of competition for sites during the peak season, particularly weekends. The roads close until snow and mud season have passed, so check road openings on the Monongahela National Forest website for up-to-date road status. It’s best suited to tents or small RVs/vans because it’s a narrow and bumpy road. I was here on an April weekend and there were only a few of the sites occupied, but temps were also in the 20s! A couple of them are walk-in, with parking on the loop and the site removed a short distance. There are vault toilets in the center of the loop, but bring your own water(or treatment). 

Numerous trails leave from the Forest Road and invite exploration of the backcountry on foot. I didn’t go too far, but online reports I read indicate that the trail is often muddy and wet, so plan accordingly. Rise early and drive to Bear Rocks for a beautiful sunrise. Spring brings mountain laurel and azalea. The same huckleberry bushes that will feed you in summer will delight you with color in autumn. No matter the season, the skies are dark and terrific for stargazing. Note that mountains bikes are not permitted in the wilderness. If you want to get away, this is a great place to do it.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jean C., May 30, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jean C., May 30, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jean C., May 30, 2021
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Ethan A.
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2020

Forest Service campground near numerous trails throughout Dolly Sods

This campsite is a great jumping off point for a number of hikes throughout Dolly Sods. The campgrounds is open April-December and then the roads close from December to April. The road on the way up is gravel, but has its share of potholes and bumps. 

The cost to camp is $11 and there are no reservations. I stayed two nights at site 2 which is tucked away from most of the other sites, save for one close by. This particular site is tucked back from the parking spot by about 15 yds, but is located near the water pipe which is essentially just a small stream. My site had a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad and there were vault toilets nearby. The only potential downside about this site, that I didn't experience, was that it's pretty close to Blackbird Knob Trail's starting point from FR 75 which means hikers will be passing near your site. 

If you do choose to stay the night here, it's worth a drive down the road to check out the sunrise from Bear Rocks.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Ethan A., April 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Ethan A., April 25, 2020
Dave V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2019

Far from the hectic pace!

Red Creek Campground is positioned a decent drive down gravel National Forest roads, so it does not see the amount of traffic that easier, closer campgrounds get.      https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/natureviewing/recarea/?recid=7003&actid=63

With a season of Mid-April through the beginning of December, be assured that weather is always a factor. Family has been thwarted at Thanksgiving by unpassable snow without a 4x4. Rain is almost certain, as the varied elevation nearly creates its own weather patterns.  So my first recommendation is to always add rain gear and cold weather garments for insurance.

We ordinarily visit during the month of August and being a "fly by the seat of my pants" type of roaming tent camper...I have arrived to see Red Creek Campground full...as these sites are non-reservable. 

Keep in mind, Red Creek Campground is "primitive"...no modern facilities, no showers, no electric...and the only running water accessible, is a small spring pipe (that I highly recommend filtering before use even though it does not post that).

Sites on the outer portion of the loop are fairly concealed from one another by trees and undergrowth...the inner loop sites are a little more exposed.  Gravel parking at sites and each site offers a picnic table a fire ring and lantern post. All sites are a short distance to the two individual unisex pit lantrines in the center of the campground.

With no ambient light, the night skies are amazing...though cloud cover always seem to plague my visits at night. Though one evening we drove down toward Bear Rocks and laid in an open field to stargaze one evening to enjoy a wonderful light show from shooting stars. We were so quiet, several deer passed between us within arms reach...a little disconcerting but we survived.

Trails are abundant and some leave directly from the campground deeper into the Wilderness Area. Choose footwear wisely, as the trails are strewn with sharp rocks (on certain trails), various stream and river crossings, shoe-swallowing mud bogs along with the regular ol' dirt trail.  Bring a trail map, water...and/or a water filter...and raingear.

Nearby Bear Rocks is a fun scamper for "kids" of all ages and the views eastward share WV and Virginia mountain ranges.

We were thrilled to visit when "Bird Banding" is taking place and enjoyed searching for migrating birds caught in the netting on the east side of the road opposite the campground.

For a peaceful, relaxing camping experience that offers great hiking, and some of the most amazing flora and fauna...its a family favorite!

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Dave V., October 31, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Dave V., October 31, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Dave V., October 31, 2019
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Jennifer B.
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2019

Allegheny Plateau and Dolly Sods Wilderness

Small, primitive campground with 12-sites.  There were a surprising number of trailers and small RVs when I visited, especially when you consider visitors have to drive about 10-miles on a graded dirt road to get there.

There are some walk-in tent sites for more privacy and you have the option of pure wilderness camping in the surrounding 17,400 acres of Dolly Sods as long as you use existing campfire rings, or use a backpack stove when you can't find one.

No cell phone service or Internet… No electricity, pit toilets, and a busted water pump, but there is a fresh-water spring. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole. 

The camp hosts are super mellow and also lead the volunteer bird-banding that takes place just across the road from the Red Creek Campground.  

The plant life and weather at Dolly Sods are similar to Northern Canada, so bring some extra layers. It was at least 15-degrees cooler than the valley when I reached the peak of the Allegheny Plateau. Add the wind and I had to put my sweatshirt after sweating in a T-shirt at Seneca Rocks that same day. 

Bring a backpack and good hiking boots so you're prepared to experience some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife you’ve ever seen! 

First-come, first-serve only and often full on weekends.

*Word of caution: Dolly Sods was used for military training during WWII, so there are artillery and mortar shells still being found in this wilderness. Don’t touch any shells you might find, note the location and report to authorities.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jennifer B., October 27, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jennifer B., October 27, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Jennifer B., October 27, 2019
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T
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2019

Almost Heaven Camping

Red Creek campground is a great place to camp. The sites are well maintained and have picnic tables and a place to hang a lantern and have fire rings. The bathrooms are pit toilets and are kept very clean. There is no water available in the campground. The pump no longer works. The view of the stars are so amazing.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Tracy S., August 26, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Tracy S., August 26, 2019
Mike F.
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2019

Great Place

Campground is settled in the middle of a beautiful wilderness area that offers an abundance of great hikes/views...highly recommend anyone visits this place!

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Mike F., July 22, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Mike F., July 22, 2019
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Mike F., July 22, 2019
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T
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2019

Well kept

Well kept small campground with pit toilets. Campsites have picnic tables and post to hang lantern.

Hannah V.
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2018

Trails Upon Trails

This campground is pretty small and rustic with only 12 sites. They only have vault toilets and a water pump. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and utility post. No electrical or water hookup. The cost per night is $11 and it’s a first come- first serve basis. The campground is a place to just rest your head as there are over 10,000 acres of wilderness to explore with lots of trails to choose from. Late July and early August there are lots of berries to pick along the trails, while the Fall months are some of the most beautiful with the views at Bear Rocks.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Hannah V., October 17, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Hannah V., October 17, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Hannah V., October 17, 2018
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Samantha S.
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2018

Backpacking the entire loop

The landscape was serene and beautiful, the camping was great The hike was diverse but a swamp in more parts than bearable. We were prepared for muddy washed out areas...this was needing knee high rubber boots to leisurely get through swamp areas. I think that alone deters me from this destination being hiked again.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Samantha S., September 16, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Samantha S., September 16, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Samantha S., September 16, 2018
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Adam W.
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2018

beautiful and remote

This camp ground is a primitive, small campground in Dolly Sods. There are lots really nice trail heads in the area. It’s a pretty popular area to hike, so campground can become full quick. For a nice short hiking loop in the area, I suggest TR 560 and merge onto TR510. Pictures of trails are attached.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Adam W., September 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Adam W., September 6, 2018
Lindsay S.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2018

Beautiful Adventure

The views at Dolly Sods are incredible. Plenty of open plains that allow site seeing but also forest cover for great camping in wet conditions. We saw plenty of wildlife! There were many private camp sites to choose from but none are marked... you just find a fire ring and flat ground and pitch your tent. The only reason I gave it a lower rating is because it was SO WET. I'm talking mud up to our knees. We were prepared to be wet, but this was totally unavoidable and by day 3 our feet were soaked beyond belief. If we ever go back it will be in the dry season!

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Lindsay S., June 28, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Lindsay S., June 28, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Lindsay S., June 28, 2018
Rachel H.
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2018

Quiet and tranquil

The water pump no longer operates, however, there is a path that leads to a spring so just make sure to bring your own water or a way to treat the water from the spring. Campsite three was awesome! It was quiet and wooded and leads right up to a trail so super convenient! No showers so be aware but there are toilets that are a hole in the ground. Overall, had a great experience!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Rachel H., June 19, 2018
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Rachel H., June 19, 2018
Heather
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2017

Not as great as I thought it would be

The Dolly Sods heath barrens are spectacular especially in fall. There are some great overlooks and beautiful scenery. Despite that, this campground does not capture the beauty of it's surroundings. In addition, when we were there the pump handle was missing so there was no water available. We had our own water pump but there is not a readily available stream nearby. When we arrived it was dry on the plateau and very dusty until we got some rain. It is a great location as there is a lot of hiking nearby, but it is a long trek down the mountain if you need anything, like water.

Month of VisitNovember
J
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

Great Campground

Eleven sites total and each one has a fire pit with grill cover as well as a picnic table. As of this review, it is $11 per site per night and you will need cash for that. The campground is kept up very well. The grass was cut, there were several trash cans available, and the two bathrooms are clean but they are vault toilets so keep that in mind. My wife and I stayed at site #10 and were able to hang both of our hammocks there. At least three other sites that I noticed could also accommodate at least a couple of hammocks but they were taken at the time. Overall it was quiet, clean, and perfectly located to a lot of great points of interest within Dolly Sods, most notably the Blackbird Knob trailhead which is only about 20 yards from the campground entrance. I would highly recommend it!

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Justin S., September 14, 2016
Mitch W.
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

Great spot

This is one of my favorite spots. It is away from everything and it is surrounded by a ton of hiking trails. Great camping, great hiking.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Mitch W., August 26, 2016
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Mitch W., August 26, 2016
Kelli T.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

Beautiful and secluded

Great base camp for day hikes around Dolly Sods. Quiet and clean.

  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Kelli T., August 15, 2016
  • Review photo of Red Creek Campground by Kelli T., August 15, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Red Creek Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Red Creek Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Red Creek Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.