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FIELD TRIP: Meadow River Wildlife Management Area

Meadow River WMA

Description: At Meadow River, hike or walk near the wetlands along the river of this natural and undeveloped area.

Viewing Information: The wetlands here provide some of the best viewing in this management area. In spring and summer look for wood ducks, one of our most beautiful ducks. Males, or drakes, are more colorful than females (hens). During spring and fall migration, many species of waterfowl such as mallards and blue-and green-winged teals use these wetlands to rest. During spring, listen for some common frogs of West Virginia: northern spring peepers (a clear, single high-pitched note or “ peep ”), bullfrogs (“ jug-o-rum ”), pickerel frogs (a low-pitched “ snore ”), and green frogs (“ c'tung” ). Great blue herons use the marsh; look for them in the shallows waiting for a fish or a frog. From 1992 to 1996, river otters were released in the Meadow River by the Wildlife Resources Section. Otters feed between early and mid-morning and then again in the evening.

Please Note: This is a natural area with no facilities and a public hunting area; please check with the manager for seasons and affected areas.

Directions: Take Sam Black Church Exit 156 off Interstate 64 to travel west on U.S. Highway 60 for 5 miles. Turn left onto County Route 60-18 (Tommy Hall Road), and proceed to the wildlife management area (left of the road). Park along Tommy Hall Road for access to the area. Tommy Hall Road is 1.3 miles long and dead-ends into private property.

Ownership: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (304) 256-6947; West Virginia Division of Highways (304) 558-3505.

Size: 2,495 acres
Closest Town: Rupert
Excerpt from the West Virginia Wildlife Viewing Guide by Mark Damian Duda. Available at bookstores or calling 304-637-0245.