The 8,005-acre Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across the dual ridges of Short Mountain, which form a long horseshoe-shaped basin drained by Meadow Run A tributary of the North River. The management area is forested principally in oak and Virginia pine. Game traditionally hunted among the Short Mountain ridges includes bear, deer, fox, grouse, squirrel, turkey, bobcat, and coyote. The North River accommodates fishing for trout, bass, and panfish. Trout is stocked from February until May. More than 70 primitive campsites with pit toilets have been developed in the management area.
Directions: The Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area is located in southern Hampshire County near northern Hardy County, a drive of 20 miles northeast of Wardensville, WV, and 20 miles southeast of Romney, WV. From highway US-50 east of Romney, follow Augusta-Short Hill Road (CR-7) south to the Short Mountain Road. From Wardensville, follow highway US-48 west eight miles to a right turn onto Old Highway 55 (CR-29). Follow the latter north eight miles to Augusta-Fort Hill Road (CR-53). Follow the latter route eight miles to Short Mountain Road. (Fort Hill Road will become CR-7 at about three miles.)
Short Mountain WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. It was formerly known as the Short Mountain Public Hunting & Fishing Area. The Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area and smaller Warden Lake Wildlife Management Area are located west and east of the Short Mountain area, respectively.
Hotels near Short Mountain WMA
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation near the Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the Potomac Branches Region in eastern West Virginia, in which the management areas is located.