This state Wildlife Management Area is situated next to Jefferson National Forest lands in southwest Virginia. Terrain here is mountainous, with a forest of oak-hickory and other hardwoods, plus rhododendron and mountain laurel. There are several large creeks and a 300-acre lake. Black bear and white-tailed deer are among the wildlife.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on several unmarked trails and also old roads. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Fishing is permitted, as is hunting in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed freely thoughout the area from September through mid March only. The remainder of the year camping is restricted to a campground. No permits are necessary. Camping is prohibited within 100 yards of the lake.
For Further Information: Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230.
Primitive camping is also permitted in most of Virginia’s other Wildlife Management Areas, except where posted otherwise. Maximum stay is seven days. Camping is prohibited within 100 yards of state fishing lakes or boat ramps. For more information contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; (804)367-1000.
In addition, camping is allowed at one back-country area in Rock Castle Gorge, along the 10.8-mile Rock Castle Gorge Trail, on Blue Ridge Parkway lands in southern Virginia. A free permit is required. For more information contact the Blue Ridge Parkway, 200 BB & T Building, One Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801.