Short Hills Wildlife Management Area Updated:05/2019

The 4,232 acre Short Hills WMA continues to remain open for public access. Despite limited public access at this time, users are invited to Short Hills WMA for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Additionally, the WMA is open for all other wildlife-related recreational activities normally offered on Virginia's WMAs. Please

Short Hills is made up of approximately 3,482 acres of mixed pine/hardwood, and 750 acres of open land that has been farmed in the past. The property is also noted for a high percentage of karst topography (rocky outcroppings) which contributes substantially to water quality and cave habitat.

Recreational Opportunities on this WMA

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Primitive Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding NOT permitted
  • Birding


Short Hills, one of our newest acquisitions, is located on Plank Road, state route 610, in portions of Rockbridge and Botetourt counties in western Virginia. The WMA is 4,232 acres and is located approximately 10 miles southwest of the city of Lexington, 32 miles northwest of Lynchburg and 26 miles east-southeast of Covington. The Short Hills WMA is approximately 10 miles of ridgeline and steep slopes, oriented southwest to northeast. Short Hills fronts Virginia state route 610 (Plank Road) for approximately 1 mile which provides the only public access at this time. Toward the northern end of this road frontage there is a public parking area for easy public access to the WMA. Short Hills is open to the public for walk-in access at any point along our boundary that borders Plank Road. Our border with Plank Road is well marked with yellow paint and DGIF boundary signs.

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Contact Short Hills Wildlife Management Area

Natural Bridge, VA  24578

Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Botetourt County, Virginia
  • Rockbridge County, Virginia