After A 150-Year Absence, Elk Are Back In West Virginia

It’s been a long time in coming, but we’re happy to report that wild elk are back in West Virginia…and they seem to finally be doing quite well for themselves.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

You can visit Tomblin Wildlife Management Area for yourself and spend the day looking for these magnificent creatures; a map of the area courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources can be found here. Sometimes they are easier to spot than others, but the sight of these elk back in our state after a 150-year absence is worth the effort of tracking them down!

There are no overnight accommodations at Tomblin WMA, but you can stay at nearby Chief Logan State Park if you’re so inclined!

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