Big Woods Wildlife Management Area Updated:05/2019

The Big Woods WMA is a 2,208 acre wildlife management area located in Sussex County near the communities of Waverly and Wakefield. It is located adjacent to the Big Woods State Forest and the two parcels together are managed as one unit. The area is predominantly pine forests that are managed to promote quail and other grassland wildlife species.

Big Woods WMA is in the coastal plain and offers various aged pine forests with some hardwood bottom lands. Management here focuses on thinning pine stands and conducting prescribed fires in the understory. The area provides habitat for a wide range of species including white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkeys, and bobwhite quail. Due to potential wildlife management concerns, horseback riding is not permitted on this WMA. Visitors are advised that this area is actively managed and prescribed fire may be used any time throughout the year. Please check this page frequently for updates as to management activities.

Areas of the management area are closed to protect sensitive habitat. These are marked with signage and noted on the Big Woods WMA map. Please respect these boundaries.

All parking on Big Woods WMA is limited to designated parking area.


Take Route 460 to Wakefield. Turn south on route 628 (Courtland Road) and travel for approximately 1 mile. Turn west on route 628 (Brittles Mill Road). Big Woods WMA has road frontage near the intersection of Brittles Mill Road and Cedar Sign Post Road (route 622).

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Contact Big Woods Wildlife Management Area

32775 Cedar Sign Post Road
Wakefield, VA  23888
Phone: (804) 829-6580

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  • Sussex County, Virginia