AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.

Dolly Sods Wilderness Blueberry Backpack

Date and Time

Friday, August 6, 2021 3:00PM - Sunday, August 8, 2021 1:00PM


Beaver Dam Trailhead Dolly Sods Davis WV,
West Virginia,


Registration is required for this activity.

Registration is closed


Join us for the leader's annual backpack at Dolly Sods during blueberry season. A high-elevation area with lots of open terrain, and a total of only 11 miles spread over 3 days. Trip starts at 3:00 PM on Friday so we can hike in a short distance and get a two-night backpack. A good trip for beginners. Pace will be slow with lots of time for breaks. This trip is suitable for novices and beginners with gear appropriate for the season. Contact leader for help with gear. Water shoes are required as there are several stream crossings. Bear canisters or Ursack's or similar are required as there are bears and limited trees to hang properly in the area of the campsites we typically use. **Lisa Novins is a backpacking leader in training under the supervision of David Mong who is the leader of record.** Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous breaks. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time to admire the scenery and take photos. This trips is pet friendly. Specific rules relate to pets which the leaders will send you. Mask and hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content are required. Due to the challenges of social distancing while hiking you may be expected to wear your mask all the time.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Dolly Sods Brochure
Dolly Sods Map
Photo album of a prior backpack in the area.

Click map for driving directions
Morning Mist at Dolly Sods North.



Offered By









I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.


Graduated Mountain Leadership School in 2014; years of hiking and/or horseback riding through the woods. Started leading backpacking trips in 2017; Wilderness First Responder, volunteer faculty for AMC and created the Novice Backpacking Workshop. I have years of experience, training and education in the creation and implementation of training courses in many areas.


I'm new to hiking with AMC, but have been an avid hiker and camper for many years. I love introducing people to the outdoors -- whether hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, or camping. I grew up playing outside in Virginia, and am starting to introduce my two young kids to my favorite outdoor spots in the region.