Attractions February 17, 2021
West Virginia’s Stunning Bear Rocks Preserve Is Now America’s 600th National Natural Landmark
The most photographed spot in West Virginia – or one of them, at least – is finally getting the national recognition it deserves. Bear Rocks Preserve, adjacent to the Dolly Sods Wilderness, was recently named America’s 600th National Natural Landmark.
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Jagged grey boulders jut from a vast tundra speckled with colorful shrubbery. Trees grow, but they are few, stubby, and lopsided from a constant, prevailing wind. Range upon range of blue mountains stretch as far as the eye can see.
What is this place? Alaska? Canada? No, my friends. It's right here in West Virginia, in one of the most photographed areas of the state.
Welcome to Bear Rocks Preserve, where the sky is as big, the views as long, and the scenery as colorful as any in the world.
Located just adjacent to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest and making up part of the Allegheny Front and the Eastern Continental Divide, Bear Rocks is a 477-acre preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy.
Many visit Bear Rocks Preserve and the surrounding areas each year for the beautiful views (from Bear Rocks proper, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Virginia's Shenandoah National Park) and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
But don't go expecting clear weather on every visit!
The area typically receives upwards of 60 inches of rain and 160 inches of snow per year.
Still, cloudy or clear, rain or shine, it's a little piece of Almost Heaven that's well worth a spot on your Bucket List.
Even the journey to this area is magical. But be forewarned: you won't find this road empty during a peak fall weekend!
Try mid-week or off season if you want to have the area a little more to yourself.
Have you clambered up Bear Rocks and taken in the views from one of the prettiest perches in the state?
To learn more about Bear Rocks Preserve or plan a visit to this gorgeous area, head over to
The Nature Conservancy’s website.
For more beautiful, inspiring spots in West Virginia that belong on anyone’s bucket list, check out
these 9 natural wonders in West Virginia. Address: Forest Rd 75, Davis, WV 26260, USA