Wild and Wonderful Locations: Bear Rocks Preserve


Image Credit: Randall Sanger

Hello, Wild and Wonderful readers,

Our location posts are meant to give you a more in-depth glimpse into outdoor areas that are near and dear to our hearts. These places are great for hiking, adventures with furry friends, and beautiful Instagram pictures. We hope you'll follow along with us and take on an adventure of your own. Lastly, we hope you remember, "Mountaineers are Always Free."


Bear Rocks Preserve is a West Virginia icon, as well as one of the most photographed locations in the state. This sandstone outcrop is home to an estimated dozen rare plant and animal species. The preserve itself is 477 acres and owned by The Nature Conservancy. Like Dolly Sods, Bear Rocks has a much cooler climate than the surrounding area.  


The best part of the experience is the short walk to Bear Rocks. Our best advice to you, dress warmly and wear hiking shoes. The can be rough and hard to navigate in footwear such as flip-flops. Some lucky hikers have to opportunity to see rare wildlife and plants. A lucky few are able to catch a glimpse of the rare, Cheat Mountain Salamander.


The trip to Bear Rocks Preserve is a beautiful drive and a great place to view the changing trees. The walk to the overlook can be a little rough, but you get a fantastic view. Be aware, the wind here is nothing to be messed with. This a great place to view hawks and birds of prey. 

What would be the best "Wild and Wonderful" gear for Bear Rocks Preserve? We'd recommend grabbing one of our sweatshirts and the new "State Beanie" for your trip. With Wild and Wonderful Lifestyle Company, we guarantee you'll be warm and cozy during all of your fall adventures.

We hope you'll visit Bear Rocks Preserve. If you do, be sure to tag us in all your adventures through Instagram or Facebook!