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Exploring: Indian Springs 
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 breeding condition.

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.

Directions: 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.


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