Bear Rocks Nature Preserve is one of the most recognized and photographed places in West Virginia. It borders Dolly Sods Wilderness area in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains. Bear Rocks like the rest of Dolly Sods is remarkably scenic with an usual vegetation and alpine appearance. Dolly Sods is a mountain plateau in the Alleghaney's (highest east of the Mississippi river) with Bear Rocks at its northern edge perched on a ridge of sandstone cliffs and a 2,000 to 3,000-foot drop below marks the Eastern Continental Divide. The location offers the most spectacular views and on a clear day, one can see the highest peaks of the Shenandoah National Park all the way in Virginia. The temperatures here can be extremely low due to the prevailing high winds. Fall and winter arrives early and snowfall can be extremely high and often unexpected, even in an early fall. Dressing appropriately and being prepared for sudden weather changes is critical for a safe and enjoyable experience here. It is truly a remarkable place and one of my most favorite locations for landscape photography.
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