Monongahela National Forest Area

AreaLocationFeatured Species
Dolly Sods Recreation AreaOff Route 28, west of Petersburg Grant/Tucker CountiesMigrating raptors, high-elevation warblers, thrushes, fall banding station
Smokehole Recreation AreaOff Route 28, 7 miles south of PetersburgBald eagles, kingfishers, sandpipers, osprey, field birds
Cranberry Glades Botanical AreaRoutes 150 & 55, west of Marlinton, Pocahontas CountyFlycatchers, northern warblers (check at visitors center)
Gaudineer Knob Recreation AreaRoute 250 near Cheat Bridge, Randolph Countyhigh elevation warblers, thrushes, vireos, grosbeaks
Mower TractU.S. Forest Service Road 92 south from Route 250, near Cheat BridgeSparrows, field birds, raptors (harriers), northern warblers,
Odey BogBack Mountain Road, near Durbin, Pocahontas CountyHigh elevation warblers, flycatchers
Fernow Experimental ForestOff Route 219, Parsons, Tucker CountyWood warblers, thrushes, early successional species including mourning and golden-winged warblers
Big Run BogOff Route 219, 5 miles north of ParsonsWaterfowl, flycatchers, northern species
Canaan Valley Resort State ParkRoute 32 south of Davis, Tucker CountyFlycatchers, Nashville warblers, field birds, raptors (check with naturalist at Nature Center for specifics)
Blackwater Falls State ParkRoute 32, DavisNorthern warblers, thrushes, vireos, woodcock
Mill Creek Municipal PondsBack Road, off Route. 219, Mill Creek, Randolph CountyWaterfowl, wading birds

Northern West Virginia

AreaLocationFeatured Species
Northern Panhandle
Ogleby ParkRoute 88, just outside WheelingGood representation of wintering waterfowl and land birds
Hillcrest Wildlife Management AreaRoute 8, north of WeirtonRing-necked pheasants, sparrows, field species, winter raptors
North Central
WV University ArboretumWVU Campus, MorgantownSpring and fall warblers, winter waterfowl
Tygart Lake S.P./Pleasant Creek WMARoute 119 near Grafton, Taylor CountyWading birds, other waterfowl, woodland spp.
Valley Falls State ParkRoute 310 north of GraftonMature woodland species
Cranesville Swamp, TNC PreserveCranesville (near Oakland, MD), Preston CountyFlycatchers, northern breeders, wetland associates

Eastern Panhandle

AreaLocationFeatured Species
Altona Piedmont Marsh, TNC PreserveRoute 51 near Charles Town, Jefferson CountyMany interesting marsh species
Shannondale Springs WMARoute 9 southeast of Charles TownSpring warblers, winter waterfowl
Shenandoah RiverRoute 9, Route 340, Eastern Jefferson CountyFall through Spring waterfowl and species
Sleepy Creek WMASouth of Route 9, Jefferson and Berkeley CountiesSpring and fall migrations, winter waterfowl, osprey, woodland birds–tanagers, cuckoos, etc.
Short Mountain WMAOff Route 29, Hampshire Countywetland species, late spring breeders

Central West Virginia/Ohio River

AreaLocationFeatured Species
Central Counties
Jackson’s Mill 4-H State CampOff Route 19, north of Weston, Lewis County, exit 105 or 99 off I-79warblers, woodpeckers, owls, thrushes, orioles, tanagers, bobolinks, sparrows, meadowlarks, raptors, waterfowl
Stonecoal Lake WMAOff Route 33, west of Buckhannon, in Upshur/Lewis Countiesducks, wading birds, gulls, sparrows, meadowlarks, blackbirds, killdeer, bluebirds
Stonewall Jackson Lake S.P./WMAOff I-79, south of Weston, Lewis CountyWaterfowl, osprey, field and scrub species
North Bend State ParkOff US 50 near Harrisville, Richie CountyCerulean and other lowland warblers
Cedar Creek State ParkRoute 33, Glenville, Gilmer CountyCerulean and other lowland warblers
Calhoun County ParkRoute 5 & 16, Grantsville, Calhoun CountyCerulean and other lowland warblers
Stumptown WMARoute 33, Stumptown, Gilmer CountyCerulean and other lowland warblers
Wallback WMAOff I-79, Roane and Clay CountiesWood Warblers, sparrows, grassland species
Ohio River Corridor
Byrd Locks (Gallipolis Locks & Dam)Route 2, Gallipolis Ferry, Mason CountyBank swallows, waterfowl, pipits, sparrows other field spp.
Greenbottom WMARoute 2, Greenbottom, Cabell Countyshorebirds, waterfowl, flycatchers, tree swallows, prothonotary warblers, blue grosbeaks, harriers
Clifton F. McClintic WMARoute 2, near Point Pleasant, Mason Countywaterfowl, rails, bitterns, prothonotary warblers; winter:
palm warblers, savannah and swamp sparrows
Mountwood ParkEast of ParkersburgWood warblers, other forest species

Southern West Virginia

AreaLocationFeatured Species
Near Charleston
Coonskin Park (outside the city of Charleston)Off Route 114, near Charleston airportBufflehead, osprey flycatchers, swallows, woodpeckers, kinglets, vireos, 30 warbler spp., tanagers, thrushes, orioles
Kanawha State ForestOff Route 119, 4 miles south of Charleston“Warbler waves,” red-shouldered hawks, thrushes, Acadian flycatchers, redstarts, cerulean and hooded warblers
Kanawha Falls AreaRoute 60 near Glen Ferris, Fayette CountySeasonal waterfowl (mergansers, buffleheads, goldeneye, mallards), several species of swallows
New River Gorge Area (Visit center located near New River Bridge)
Bluestone Lake/WMARoute 20 near Hinton, Summers CountyTurkeys, sandpipers, herons, waterfowl, osprey (winter)
Sandstone FallsNew River Gorge, north of HintonWaterfowl, vireos, tanagers; kinglets, purple finches, red-breasted nuthatches during migrations
Pipestem Resort State ParkOff Route 20, Pipestem, Summers CountyWood warblers, thrushes, buntings, vireos, ravens, hawks; winter: nuthatches, kinglets (map available at visitor ctr.)
Southern Coal Region
Glenwood ParkRoute 20, south of Princeton, Mercer CountyMigrating gulls, terns, sandpipers, spring warblers
Camp Creek State Park and ForestOff I-77, Camp Creek, Mercer CountyWoodland birds: warblers, thrushes, tanagers
East River Mountain Hawk Watch AreaOff Route 460, WV/VA, line, Mercer CountyMigrating raptors
R.D. Bailey Lake, ReservationRoute 32, Justice, Mingo and Wyoming CountiesMost field, woodland and waterfowl species