Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area

The 528-acre Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) climbs the flanks of Neds Mountain through pine and hardwood forest from the east bank of Thorn Creek, a tributary of the South Branch of the Potomac River. Game traditionally hunted in the management area includes deer, squirrel, and turkey. Thorn Creek accommodates fly-fishing for trout. Camping is prohibited in the management area.

Directions: The Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area is located in southern Pendleton County approximately seven miles south of Franklin, WV. To reach the area from Franklin, follow highway US-220 south 6.5 miles to  a left turn onto Thorn Creek Road (CR-20). Follow the latter southeast four miles.

The Thorn Creek WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. It was formerly known as the Thorn Creek Public Hunting & Fishing Area.

Hotels near Thorn Creek WMA

Franklin (WV) Lodging

Regional Information

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation near Thorn Creek 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.

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