Campground
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.

  • Turnoff from the forest rd
  • Site 1 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 2 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 3 Red Creek Campground
  • Parking for walk-in sites Red Creek Campground
  • Site 4 Red Creek Campground
  • Other side of site 4 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 5 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 5 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 6 Red Creek Campground - long driveway
  • Site 6 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 7 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 7 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 8 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 9 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 9 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 10 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 11 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 11 Red Creek Campground
  • Site 12 Red Creek Campground
  • Trash
  • Site 4 Red Creek Campground
  • Vault toilet
  • There's a  pump, but it doesn't work; plan to bring your water (or treat anything you collect)
  • Pay the iron ranger; $11/night as of 2021
  • Map of the forest. bring paper maps and/or download maps for offline use.
  • Fishing regulations

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