Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area Updated:05/2019

The Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area is the second largest in the Department's management area system but has the distinction of being the most biologically diverse, due in large part to the vast differences in elevation on the area. The area's 25,477-acres spread across Virginia's southwest highlands, occupying parts of Smyth, Washington, Russell and Tazewell counties.


The area is dominated by mountains rising steeply from narrow valley floors. Due to difference in elevation a unique forest had developed. Tree species from both southern and northern forests are found. Elevations range from 1600 feet to 4700 feet atop Beartown Mountain. There is considerable water on the area; a 330-acre man-made lake, one major stream and several tributaries. The land that forms Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area was virgin forest until the late 1800s. Evidence of the narrow gauge railroad used during logging can still be seen, and some of the old rail bed is now part of the management area's present road system.

Recreational Opportunities on this WMA

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Primitive Camping
  • Trout Fishing
  • Warmwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horses restricted to gravel surface roads
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Ranges


The area has a good road system for gaining access to the interior although some are open only during specified seasons. Closure of roads, scheduled to be open, may also occur during periods of inclement weather. There is ample parking space. Two boat ramps are available at Laurel Bed Lake. A shooting range for archery (broadheads prohibited) is near the resident manager's house. A 100-yard sight-in range is available from September 1 through March 31, weather permitting. The range is for zeroing-in rifles and patterning shotguns; use of pistols and revolvers is prohibited.


The closest town is Saltville, reached from I-81 and Chilhowie via state route 107. In Saltville, turn left onto route 91 (1/4 mile); then right onto route 634; bear left onto 613 and proceed 3 1/2 miles; then right onto route 747 to the area.

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Contact Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Tumbling Creek Rd
saltville, VA  24370

Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Russell County, Virginia
  • Smyth County, Virginia
  • Tazewell County, Virginia
  • Washington County, Virginia