Wildlife Management Area
The past whispers to
visitors of Indian Springs WMA even as they enjoy the scenic beauty and
wildlife of the present landscape. Native Americans, leaving their stone
tools and arrowheads behind, gave way to pioneering settlers here.
Fairview Mountain, located on the area, served as a Civil War military
signal post. Today, Indian Springs WMA's 6,400 acres are a wildlife haven
and a source of outdoor adventure and recreation.
For history buffs, a visit
to the ruined pioneer homesteads and family cemeteries will recall the
harsh but determined lives of early Americans. Songbirds of forests and
fields fill the air with color and sound all year long. Visitors may catch
a glimpse of white-tailed deer enjoying an evening snack in the farm
fields maintained to help feed the animals. In the spring, a hollow
drumming fills the forest as ruffed grouse announce their territories and
Anglers will enjoy the
stocked trout in Blair's Valley Lake and Indian Springs Pond. In early
spring, gourmet cooks from far and wide come to collect fresh edible wild
mushrooms. Visitors will enjoy strolling the self-guided nature trail,
learning about many plants which are used by wildlife. Field trials, where
man and dog display their outdoor skills, are held here six times a year.
From I-70, take the Clear Spring exit and travel north on Route 68. Cross
Old Route 40, bearing left onto Mill Street. Continue to a fork and bear
right onto Broadfording Road going east approximately 1 mile. Take the
first left onto Blair's Valley Road. The entrance to the WMA is
approximately 3 miles north.
For More Information:
Contact the Indian Springs Wildlife Office at (301) 842-2702.