The 6,202-acre Allegheny Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of two tracts in the Allegheny Mountains on and near the North Branch of the Potomac River. The larger, 5,034-acre tract mounts the Allegheny Front and is covered principally in oak and hickory forest interspersed with thickets of laurel. The tract is relatively flat, though steep side slopes descend into foothills and hollows. The smaller, 1,168 acres-tract is steep and principally includes old farm field habitat along the North Branch and on the ridge above. Principal game harvested in the Allegheny tracts includes bear, deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, bobcat, raccoon, gray fox, and red fox. Trout, panfish, and smallmouth bass are the primary fish species taken in the North Branch.
Directions: The Allegheny Wildlife Management Area is located in Mineral County near Keyser, WV, and Elk Garden, WV. The larger Allegheny tract is located some four miles southwest of Keyser, WV, and is accessible by Pinnacle Road or Pine Swamp Road. The smaller tract is located six miles north of Elk Garden, WV, and is accessible by highway WV-46. Camping is prohibited on both tracts.
The Allegheny WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. It was formerly known as the Allegheny Public Hunting & Fishing Area.
Hotels near Allegheny WMA
Keyser (WV) Hotels
Elk Garden (WV) Hotels
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in near the Allegheny Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the Potomac Branches Region in eastern West Virginia, in which the management area is located.