LOGAN, W.Va. — Tickets for guided tours of southern West Virginia's elk management area are available and expected to sell out quickly, according to state officials.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia State Parks announce the much-anticipated return of Elk Management Tours, which allow nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers to witness the state's largest elk population in their natural habitat.
Historically, tickets for the tours have sold out quickly, so those interested are encouraged to book their excursion quickly, according to Brad Reed, chief of West Virginia State Parks.
"This is an excellent opportunity for residents and tourists to reconnect with the natural world and witness the remarkable recovery of elk populations in West Virginia," Reed said.
"Our elk management tours provide a thrilling and educational experience for everyone, and the 10 percent off deal on Chief Logan lodge rooms and cabins ensures a complete adventure."
Guests may book a stay at Chief Logan's lodge or cabins and enjoy a 10-percent discount on their accommodations. (To access this deal, use code ELK10 at checkout on stays from September 5-October 22, 2023)
The four-hour guided tours start and end at Chief Logan State Park and are led by knowledgeable park staff.
Guests may get an opportunity to observe elk, otherwise known as wapiti, while learning about their history, behavior, and ongoing efforts to protect this iconic species.
Protecting more than 25,155 acres, Tomblin Wildlife Management Area is home to various wildlife species, notably deer, turkey, bear, squirrel, rabbit, grouse, and other game birds though it is best known for its population of elk.
Elk were once native and common in West Virginia, but timbering and hunting in the 1800s led to the demise of the species. Thanks to the efforts of the state and partner agencies around the country, elk once again roam freely in the management area.
For tour availability, booking details, and more information, please visit wvstateparks.com/things-to-do/elk-management-tours/