West Virginia's Dolly Sods

By William T. Hathaway
Dolly Sods, West Virginia

Pittsylvania County Schools sent several teachers to a summer session at Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, back in 1974. The field trip from the college to the Dolly Sods of West Virginia was most memorable. The bogs and laurel thickets along with grassy fields impressed me almost to the extent of unbelief. As an amateur botanist, I felt as though I was in a plant lover's paradise; heath barrens and northern hardwoods plus the rocky open areas laid waste to my idea that botany was a boring subject with little room for excitement. As for small floral inhabitants of the bogs and meadows, it would take a full booklet to describe herewith my floral surroundings.

Also see this illustration in larger format, and the U.S. Forest Service's guide to the Dolly Sods Wilderness.