Two backpackers dwarfed by a wind-swept Red Spruce look eastward from the Allegheny Mountains.  The Dolly Sods Wilderness lies on top of the ridge of the Eastern Continental divide in the Monogahela National Forest.  Water that drains to the east will flow into the Potomac River eventually being released into the Chesapeake Bay.
 Often referred to as "Canada gone astray" by botanists, the bogs of the Monongahela National Forest appear more like Canadian Tundra.  Boreal Species such as Snowshoe Hare and Fisher occupy these Heath Barrens, a far cry from the marshes of the Bay.
 The Mountainous, Western boundaries of the watershed feature spectacular hues of fall color that rival that of New England.
 The peaks of these mountains are a relic of the ice age.  While glacier's did not extend this far south, the glacier's in nearby Pennsylvania fostered a much cooler climate resulting in the tundra like appearance of these mountain peaks.  Covered in Red Spruce and Balsam Fir, these coniferous forests are a symbol of what may be lost due to a warming climate.  
 Carved by wind over the eons, the boulders of the Dolly Sods Wilderness are surrounded by spruce, huckleberry, blueberry, cranberry, and sphagnum moss.  The Watershed's boundaries in West Virginia represent some of the most extreme, cool, and wet climate in the east.  Air Masses from the Potomac River Valley meet with cold Canadian air along the Allegheny Front creating an unpredictable, harsh climate.   
 At  4,863 feet, Spruce Knob is the highest point in both the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the State of West Virginia.  Storms are common here amongst the  boulders and spruce. 
 Made of Tuscarora Quartzite and formed almost half a billion years ago, Seneca Rocks  is a sublime sight to behold.  It also features some of the best technical rock climbing in the east. 
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