Panther Wildlife Management Area

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Panther Wildlife Management Area

West Virginia

(304) 938-2252

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Located in the rugged hills near West Virginia's southern border with Virginia and Kentucky, Panther offers a small campground in heavily wooded surroundings. Hiking trails to scenic overlooks, trout fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting are featured at the forest.

Map of Panther (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.412703, -81.877067



  • Camping

    An improved rustic campground is located beside the beautiful, trout-stocked Panther Creek. All six sites have electrical hook-up, fireplace, and picnic table. Pit toilets and a well hand-pump are conveniently located for campers to use. A 60-person barracks and modern kitchen complex provides organized groups a well designed overnight facility. The group camp is rented by the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A minimum of two nights rental is required in spring and fall. Reservations are required.

  • Fishing

    The WMA offers excellent opportunities for fishing. During the spring months, a four-mile section of Panther Creek within the WMA is stocked with trout. West Virginia fishing license with trout stamp is required.

  • Hiking

    Miles of connecting trails and unimproved roads are open for hikers and walkers. All gated roads are open to foot traffic. Map and trail guides are available at the office.

  • Hunting

    The WMA offers excellent opportunities for hunting. Excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse hunting is permitted in season on the area. Hunting is not permitted in designated safety zones. West Virginia hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas vary from areas with playgrounds, shelters, volleyball court, grills, picnic tables, and hand-pumps to picnic areas off by themselves with a fireplace and picnic table. Picnic shelter reservations are available by calling the office.

  • Water Sports

    Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the swimming pool provides an ideal spot to cool off and relax from the summer heat. A wading pool for children is also available. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day. Evening pool rentals are available.



Panther is located in the rugged mountains near the southern border of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. From Route 52, one mile north of Iaegar, turn at forest sign to Panther. At the Panther Post Office, turn left at sign and follow road approximately 3.5 miles to forest entrance. The 7,810 acre state forest offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Phone Numbers


(304) 938-2252