Little Canaan Wildlife Management area

Little Canaan WMA was acquired from the Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) in 20212 with funds generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and funds from the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund. Its 3,168 areas are primarily forested and provide hunting opportunities for deer, bear, grouse, woodcock, and turkey. Approximately three miles of the Blackwater River run through the LCWMA providing fishing for trout, rock bass, and other species. An ADA accessible fishing pier for the Blackwater River is located along the Camp 70 Road. 

About 15 miles of trail are designated as part of the National Recreational Trail (NRT) system. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with state and federal regulations. Camping is prohibited. 

Additional information on the LCWMA is available from the WVDNR District 1 Farmington Office at 304-825-6787.

Trail Difficulty Guidelines:


Difficulty guidelines are provided to indicate the relative technical difficulty of each trail, not the physical exertion required. Varying conditions may be encountered due to topography, season of the year, weather, and level of trail maintenance and experience. Direction of travel and type of use also affect the relative difficulty. Consider these guidelines, trail distances, elevation change, and your own physical and mental limits to select an appropriate trail. Be smart. Be safe. 

Easier – Mostly smooth and wide with occasional unevenness. 

More – Many uneven and variable surfaces and widths. 

Most- Long, rocky or uneven segments. Variable widths and often narrow.