Wildlife Management Areas
Here, we take a closer look at what a Wildlife Management Area is in Mecklenburg County. We’ll see why they are so much more than just hunting areas – they are open to the public year-round and offer unparalleled hiking, biking, bird watching, and horseback riding. And best of all, nearly all of them are free!
Here is a Complete List of Mecklenburg County’s Wildlife Management Areas:
Total acreage and total approximate length of trails is listed.
*Please Note* These are very wild areas, and the trails, while regularly cleared and easy to follow, are not marked and thus some basic outdoor hiking skills are needed to safely navigate each area and return back to your car/boat. Each WMA is easily accessible via car with at least one designated parking area. WMA’s are also accessible from the water, however the shoreline is rough in most places and care must be taken to properly secure your vessel.
Please treat all WMA property as you would a national park, and respect any natural or historic artifacts you may come across. Please also follow the Pack Out what you Pack In rule to keep them clean for all users.
Managed by DGIF
Click on a WMA below to view a detailed Google Map:
Dick Cross WMA > (fee use area)
1,400 acres – 8+ miles of trails
Managed by Virginia State Parks
Occoneechee WMA > (fee use area – part of Occoneechee State Park)
2,135 acres – 7.5 miles of trails
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (zoom in to see trails)
720 acres – 5.0 miles of trails (photo gallery)
620 acres – 4.0 miles of trails
610 acres – 3.3 miles of trails
305 acres – 2.8 miles of trails
435 acres – 3.9 miles of trails
295 acres – 3.7 miles of trails
Island Creek WMA
575 acres (shared with NC) – no established trails
775 acres – 3.7 miles of trails
265 acres – 3.4 miles of trails
285 acres – 1.1 miles of trails
615 acres – 2.6 miles of trails
400 acres – 2.4 miles of trails
228 acres – 1.2 miles of trails
205 acres – 0.8 miles of trails
210 acres – 2.1 miles of trails
Still want more information? Here’s a link to the official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kerr Reservoir Wildlife Management Areas brochure, with detailed maps, usage and hunting guidelines, and more!