1. Beaver Dam
(37,674 acres) The Alleghenies
U.S. Route 33 and state
Routes 22, 40, 27 and 31 provide access to the area. It is primarily rugged
mountain terrain covered in mixed hardwood stands. The hunter will find numerous
opportunities for turkey, bear, deer, snowshoe hare in higher elevations, grouse
and woodcock. The trapper should expect to find beaver, fox and raccoon.
Excellent fishing for trout is available in Shavers Fork, Glady Fork, Laurel
Fork River and their tributaries. Seventeen campsites are maintained at Laurel
Fork with water pump and outdoor toilets. The area contains Laurel Fork North
and South Wilderness Areas with a combined area of 12,200 acres. Owned by U.S.
(58,978 acres) The Alleghenies
U.S. Route 219 and state
Routes 72 and 32 run through the area. Blackwater is primarily mountainous
terrain covered in oak-hickory, northern hardwoods, spruce-fir and white pine
forests with 2,743 acres of openings scattered throughout the area. Hunting
opportunities abound for bear, turkey, deer, snowshoe hare in higher elevations,
squirrel and grouse. Trapping for fisher, beaver, fox, raccoon and bobcat is
productive. Blackwater River, Horseshoe Run, Clover Run and Slip Hill Run
provide excellent trout fishing. Horseshoe Recreation Area is located along
state Route 7 and contains ten developed campsites, several picnic areas, picnic
shelters and pit toilets. The recreation area is closed during the winter
months, and opens May 30. Seventy-five primitive campsites are located along
Canaan Loop Road. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(80, 771 acres) The Alleghenies
Access is by U.S. Routes
219 and 250 or state Routes 43, 37 and 64. Maple, beech and birch cover 59
percent of the mountainous terrain, red spruce occupies 19 percent and
oak-hickory 18 percent. The hunter can expect to find bear, turkey, deer,
snowshoe hare in higher elevations, squirrel, grouse and woodcock. Beaver, fox,
raccoon and bobcat trapping is popular. Trout fishing is available in 302 miles
of streams, Shavers Fork and parts of the Tygart River. Primitive campsites are
distributed throughout the area. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(158,147 acres) The Alleghenies
State Routes 150, 39, 7,
48 and 46 provide access to the area. Elevations range from 1,900 to 4,600 feet
in mountainous terrain covered with mature hardwood forests. Hunting for bear,
turkey, deer, limited showshoe hare in higher elevations and squirrel is very
productive, as is trapping for raccoon, beaver, fox, mink and muskrat. Summit
Lake, 42 acres, North and South forks of the Cherry River, Cherry River,
Williams River and Cranberry River provide excellent trout fishing. Camping
areas are located at Cranberry, Summit Lake and Big Rock. The area contains the
Cranberry Wilderness Area, totaling 35,864 acres. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
5. Little River
(124,483 acres) The Alleghenies
Access the area from U.S.
Route 250 and state Route 28. Northern hardwoods cover the mountainous terrain
with oak-hickory and black cherry. Red Pine is also present. Good hunting exists
for turkey, bear, deer, squirrel, grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare in higher
elevations. Trapping for beaver, fox, raccoon and bobcat is popular and
productive. Buffalo Lake, 21 acres, provides good trout fishing. Fishing for
warmwater species and trout is possible in 353 miles of streams. Camping is
available at Island Creek, Abe Run, Frank Mountain, Little River West, Snorting
Lick and West Fork of the Greenbrier River. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(97,928 acres) The Levels
Access is available from
state Routes 92, 28, 84 and 39. Oak-hickory and oak-pine forests cover 90
percent of the rugged terrain, and hunting for turkey, deer, bear, squirrel,
grouse, rabbit and waterfowl can be extremely rewarding. Sherwood Lake, 167
acres, and the Greenbrier River provide excellent warmwater fishing. North Fork
of Anthony Creek, Meadow Creek and Laurel Run offer ideal trout fishing. Camping
is available at Lake Sherwood Recreation complex and Blue Bend Recreation Area.
Calvin Price State Forest is located within the area. Owned by U.S. Forest
7. Otter Creek
(68,782 acres) The Alleghenies
Access is via U.S. Routes
219 and 33 and state Routes 72 and 32. The area consists of mountainous terrain
ranging in elevation from 1,660 to 4,008 feet and is covered in mixed hardwood
forests. Hunters will find bear, deer, turkey, snowshoe hare in higher
elevations, squirrel and grouse, while anglers will enjoy trout fishing in
Shavers Fork River, Dry Fork River, Glady Fork, Laurel Fork, Otter Creek and
many miles of smaller tributaries. Camping can be found at Stuart and Bear
Heaven recreation areas. This area contains the Otter Creek Wilderness Area with
a total of 20,000 acres. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(139,786 acres) Potomac Branches
Access by U.S. Routes 33
and 220, and state Routes 28, 29 and 41. Elevations vary from 900 to 4,862 feet.
Oak-hickory and northern hardwoods comprise the forests of this rugged area,
which offers hunting for turkey, deer, bear, squirrel, grouse and rabbit. The
North Fork of the South Branch and the main South Branch of the Potomac River,
Red Creek, Gandy Creek, Dry Fork and Spruce Knob Lake offer trout fishing at its
best. Numerous public use camping areas are maintained by the U.S. Forest
Service. Potomac WMA contains Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, which encompasses
10,218 acres. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(67,251 acres) The Alleghenies
Access is by state Routes
39, 28, 92 and 84. Thirty miles of paved roads and 46 miles of unpaved secondary
roads traverse the area. The area is composed of mountainous terrain covered by
oak-hickory, oak-pine and northern hardwood forests. Turkey, bear, deer,
squirrel, grouse and rabbit are the principal game species. Knapps Creek, Seneca
Lake and several smaller streams provide native and stocked trout fishing.
Pocahontas and Bird Run campgrounds, Seneca State Forest and Watoga State Park
are within the area. Seneca and Watoga have camping facilities. Owned by U.S.
10. Tea Creek
(67,919 acres) The Alleghenies
Access is primarily by
U.S. Route 219. Northern hardwood forests cover the mountainous terrain where
hunting for bear, deer, turkey, snowshoe hare in higher elevations, squirrel and
grouse can be quite productive. Greenbrier, Williams, Elk and Gauley rivers
provide trout and warmwater fishing. The Greenbrier River is well suited for
float trip or wade fishing for smallmouth bass or rock bass. Approximately 70
miles of native trout streams are available. Camping areas are located at Day
Run and Tea Creek campgrounds. Owned by U. S. Forest Service.
(49,106 acres) Potomac Branches
State Routes 21, 30 and 3
provide access to this area which is made up of mountainous terrain with
elevations ranging from 1,250 to 4,397 feet. The area is covered primarily by
oak-hickory forests. Hunters will find deer, bear, turkey, squirrel and grouse.
Brandywine Lake, 6 acres, provides trout fishing and the 8-acre Camp Run Lake
provides warmwater fishing for largemouth bass and channel catfish. Camping is
available at Brandywine Lake and Camp Run. The Westside shooting range is
available for public use. Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
(55,327 acres) Potomac
Access is via state
Routes 59, 23/10, 5/1 and 16. Oak-hickory forest predominates on the mountainous
terrain, which provides hunting for turkey, bear, deer, squirrel and grouse.
Trout Pond, 2 acres, Rock Cliff Lake, 16 acres, and 61 miles of streams provide
fishing for trout, while other anglers will enjoy the smallmouth bass, rock bass
and redbreast sunfish fishing in Cacapon and Lost rivers. Camping is available
at Trout Pond, Rock Cliff Lake, Wolf Gap and Hawk recreation areas. Owned by
U.S. Forest Service.
13. Potts Creek
(18,211 acres) The Levels
Accessible by state
Routes 15, 17 or 20. Oak-pine forests covers the mountainous terrain that ranges
in elevation from 2,000 to 3,600 feet. Hunting in this area is good for bear,
deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit and squirrel. Potts Creek and the North and South
forks of Potts Creek provide trout fishing. No camping sites are available.
Owned by U.S. Forest Service.
Springfield & Hughes River
makes both the Springfield and Hughes River Wildlife Management Areas
(approximately 10,000 acres on each) available to the public. Westvaco also
allows outdoor recreation on an additional 350,000 acres of its managed
timberlands. A permit (valid for two years) is required to hunt, trap or fish on
Westvaco lands. It may be obtained for $5 from Westvaco, P.O. Box 577, Rupert,
WV 25984. Recreation such as hiking and berry picking require no specific
permission. Westvaco does not allow overnight camping or the operation of ATVs
on its lands.
Information courtesy W.Va.
Division of Natural Resources