The location was named after a soldier and landowner, who lived during the American Civil War.[Non-canon 1] Before the Great War, Dolly Sods Wilderness was maintained by the United States Forest Service, in particular by Rangers Trujillo and Barnes.
The location was frequented by campers, some of which were unruly and had to be given citations by the rangers. Deer hunting season took place for a short period each year, from late November until early December. In October, 2077, the Pioneer Scouts were to hold a jamboree here, and an annual fall retreat for children and adults, hosted by Scout Master Charlie, was scheduled for October 30.
The Dolly Sods Wilderness is one of three marked locations that make up the general Dolly Sods area. The other two locations are the Dolly Sods lookout to the northwest, and the Dolly Sods Campground to the south. The location contains two buildings which are connected by a dirt path - a large entrance building and the ranger station to the west, beside the lookout tower.
A yao guai often guards the front of the entrance building. Once it is dealt with, the first area after entering the front door is a large reception area, to which all the other rooms in the building are connected. To the right of reception is a large gift store with some remnants of its pre-War merchandise still intact, including toys and crockery. To the left of reception is a large sitting area with a dining table and a grand piano. The magazine rack in this room sometimes holds a potential magazine.
There are also two storage areas in this building. One contains filing cabinets with generic loot and the other contains rifles and ammo behind a locked door (Picklock 2). Behind the main building are several outhouses, one of which contains the body of a dead Vault 94 dweller.
- One potential Vault-Tec bobblehead - In the shop, under the counter beneath the cash register.
- One potential magazine - In the camp office building, in the room with the grand piano, on the magazine rack by the deep red sofa.
- Power armor chassis with T-series armor pieces - From the back porch of the easternmost cabin to the southeast. There is a pickup truck immediately beside the porch and a stump a short distance away. Southeast of the stump and past the firepit, the armor will be down the hill, partially hidden in the grass.
The Dolly Sods Wilderness appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
- Dolly Sods Wilderness terminal entries; Ranger Trujillo's terminal, Ranger's Report 04.15.77
- Dolly Sods Wilderness terminal entries; Ranger Trujillo's terminal, Ranger's Report 02.11.77
- Dolly Sods Wilderness terminal entries; Ranger Trujillo's terminal, Ranger's Report 05.23.77
- Dolly Sods Wilderness terminal entries; Ranger Trujillo's terminal, Ranger's Report 10.21.77
- Fall retreat flyer
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide, p. 456: "15. Dolly Sods Wilderness
Named for a Civil War–era soldier and landowner, the tendril trees have taken control of this nature park, which comprises the lookout, wilderness, and campground (workshop) areas."