Newly developed and strategically located parking areas have eliminated the once long and difficult uphill hikes hunters had to endure just to reach hunting areas at Camp Creek State Forest in Mercer County.
One of the parking areas has at least a dozen spots and is located at the intersection of White Oak Road and Trail and Turkey Loop Road and Trail. The second new parking area is on Bear Wallow Road and Trail below Wildlife Area Number 8.
The three agencies that manage the public facility in Mercer County – the West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section and DNR Parks & Recreation Section – worked together to create the two new parking areas that are designed to shorten the distance hunters have to drag heavy game.
The parking areas are open seasonally from early September through the end of February and reopen for the four weeks of spring turkey season in April and May.
Officials remind hunters that ATVs are not allowed on state parks and forests, and parked vehicles should never block gates or roads.