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District 2 Wildlife Management Areas

WVDNR Wildlife Resources
1 Depot Street
Romney, WV 26757
(304) 822-3551

(Wildlife Management Areas are listed according to their reference on the WMA Map)

19. Allegheny

Location: Mineral County
Large tract is approximately four miles southwest of Keyser, accessible from secondary Route 4 (Pinnacle Road) and Route 220/2 (Pine Swamp Road). Small tract is approximately six miles north of Elk Garden, accessible from state Route 46 and secondary Route 46/3 (Barnum Road).
Size: 6,202 acres
Large tract − 5,034 acres
Small tract − 1,168 acres

Terrain: Large Tract − relatively flat, rocky mountaintop and a steep side slope leading to foothills and associated hollows, forest cover is predominately oak-hickory with some laurel thickets
> Small Tract − ridgetop with steep hillsides with old field habitat along the river and on the ridge
Hunting Prospects: bear, deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey
> Furbearers − bobcat, gray and red foxes, raccoon

Fishing Opportunities
North Branch of the Potomac River
Game Fish:
smallmouth bass, panfish, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section
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20. Edwards Run

Location: Hampshire County
Two miles north of Capon Bridge on state Route 15 and reached by turning north on state Route 15 from U.S. Route 50 at Capon Bridge.
Size: 397 acres
Terrain: low hills with steep slopes with oak-hickory forest and approximately 17 acres of brushy areas and scattered clearings
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel, turkey

Fishing Opportunities
Edwards Run
Game Fish:
trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Campsites − 6 primitive with pit toilets

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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21. Fort Mill Ridge

Location: Hampshire County
Two miles southwest of Romney off U.S. Route 50, going south from US Route 50 on the Phoenix Orchard road 50 yards to access road on left.
Size: 217 acres
Terrain: ridge that ranges in elevation from 680 to 1,100 feet, forest consists of hardwood and some pine
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel

Fishing Opportunities
South Branch River
Game Fish:
rock and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, panfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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22. Nathaniel Mountain

Location: Hampshire County
U.S. Route 50 just east of Romney, then south on county Route 10 (Grassy Lick Road) eight miles to entrance road.
Size: 10,675 acres
Terrain: Nathaniel, Piney and Big mountains dominate the area, ranging from 1,000 to 3,050 feet primarily covered by mixed oak-hickory and Virginia pine
Hunting Prospects: bear, deer, squirrel, turkey
> Furbearers − bobcat, coyote, fox

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Campsites − 75 primitive with pit toilets

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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23. Shannondale Springs

Location: Jefferson County
Four miles east of Charles Town, south on state Route 9 and then turn onto Mission Road.
Size: 1,361 acres
Terrain: rolling hills ranging in elevation from 350 to 700 feet with mature hardwood forest, brush land and open fields
Hunting Prospects: deer, mourning dove, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, woodcock
> Furbearers – beaver, gray and red fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk

Fishing Opportunities
Shenandoah River: boat launch
Game Fish: rock and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, panfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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24. Short Mountain

Location: Hampshire County
Traveling on U.S. Route 50, turn south at Augusta onto county Route 7 (Ford Hill Road), drive approximately eight miles and turn left at the Short Mountain WMA sign.
Size: 8,005 acres
Terrain: two mountain ridges form a long horseshoe-shaped basin, covered with mixed oak and Virginia pine
Hunting Prospects: bear, deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey
> Furbearers − bobcat, coyote, fox

Fishing Opportunities
North River
Game Fish:
rock and smallmouth bass, panfish, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Campsites − 74 primitive with pit toilets

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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25. Sleepy Creek

Location: Berkeley and Morgan counties
Approximately six miles southeast of Berkeley Springs and 11 miles west of Martinsburg, state Routes 8/2 (Highland Ridge) and 13/5 (Glenwood Road) in Morgan County or state Route 7/9 (Jones Springs and Shanghai) in Berkeley County.
Size: 22,928 acres
Terrain: oak-hickory forest covers 3,500 acres while Virginia pine-oak forest blankets most of the area
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey
> Furbearers − bobcat, fox, raccoon

Fishing Opportunities
Sleepy Creek Lake: 205 acres •
> Boat launch
Game Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, northern pike

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Campsites − 75 primitive with pit toilets
> Trailers over 17 feet are not recommended due to graveled roads.
Nearby:
Cacapon Resort State Park

www.cacaponresort.com | (304) 258-1022

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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26. South Branch

Location: Hardy and Hampshire counties
McNeill tract – approximately seven miles north of Moorefield and about 65 miles west of Winchester, VA. Access is by U.S. Route 220 north from Moorefield 1.7 miles and then east on state Route 15 (Cunningham Lane) one mile to state Route 6 (Trough Road). Follow this route four miles north to the entrance road on the left.
> Bridge tract – north of Sycamore bridge
> Trough Club – accessible only from river
> Sector Tract – access by Route 8/3

Size: 1,092 acres
> McNeill tract – 430 acres
> Bridge tract – 25 acres
> Trough Club tract – 602 acres
> Sector tract – 35 acres

Terrain: elevations range from 720 to 1,700 feet
> McNeill tract – pasture and forest land
> Bridge tract – narrow, steep mountainside
> Trough Club tract – steep, forested mountainside
> Sector tract – river bottomland field

Hunting Prospects: deer, dove, squirrel, turkey
> Furbearers − fox

Fishing Opportunities
South Branch River: boat ramp, parking area
Game Fish: rock and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, panfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section
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27. Thorn Creek

Location: Pendleton County
Approximately seven miles south of Franklin, U.S. Route 220 south 2.7 miles turn east on state Route 20 (Thorn Creek Road) for 3.7 miles to the area.
Size: 528 acres
Terrain: elevation ranges from 1,950 to 2,900 feet, mixed hardwood forest with some pine and hemlock
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel, turkey

Fishing Opportunities
Thorn Creek: fly-fishing only
Game Fish: trout

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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28. Warden Lake

Location: Hardy County
Five miles north of Wardensville and four miles off county Route 259.
Size: 110 acres
Terrain:
Hunting Prospects: none

Fishing Opportunities
Impoundment: 44 acres
Game Fish: largemouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike, panfish, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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29. Widmeyer

Location: Morgan County
Accessible from state Route 9/11 off state Route 9 about three miles north of Great Cacapon.
Size: 422 acres
Terrain: upland oak-pine mixture
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel, turkey

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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