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South Branch Wildlife Management Area

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Hardy County, Hampshire County: NE of Moorefield, WV

The South Branch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) -- 1,097 acres -- protects four tracts of public game lands in and near The Trough of the South Branch of the Potomac River. Indigenous game include deer, dove, turkey, and squirrel.

The McNeill Tract (430 acres) protects pasture and forest accessible from Trough Road (WV-6), at McNeill, WV. Of the 200 acres of open field in this tract, some 170 acres are leased for cattle grazing. Another 200 acres protects mixed oak-hickory timber and about 30 acres of old field invaded by red cedar. The Bridge Tract (25 acres) protects a relatively narrow, steep strip of the west flank of The Trough above the railroad right-of-way north of the Sycamore Railroad Bridge. The Trough Club Tract (602 acres) protects of steep, forested mountainside on both sides of the South Branch in The Trough and is accessible only by river. The Sector Tract (35 acres) protects a small area of bottom-land fields along the South Branch and is accessible from Hampshire County Route 8/3 near Sector, WV.

A boating access area is located on the South Branch at Sector, from which about 1.6 miles of the river is accessible for bank fishing.

South Branch WMA Maps:
McNeill, WV
Sector Boat Access
Bridge Tract Area
Trough Club Tract Area