Panther Wildlife Management Area

Panther Wildlife Management Area


Panther Wildlife Management Area (7,820 acres) McDowell County. From the town of Panther take state Routes 3/1 and 3/2. Panther is comprised of extremely mountainous terrain with flat, narrow ridgetops and is almost completely forested. Hunting squirrel and grouse is good in the area. Only bow hunting is permitted for deer and trapping is mainly for fox and bobcats. Panther Creek provides stocked trout fishing. Six primitive campsites are available for a fee. Owned by WVDNR.


  • Deer
  • Squirrel
  • Grouse
  • Fox (trapping)
  • Bobcat (trapping)


  • 4-mile stretch of Panther Creek
  • Trout fishing


  • 6 rustic campsites
  • Each site equipped with electrical picnic table, hookup, and fireplace


  • Pool swimming
  • Contact the management area office for hours of operation


  • Four designated trails


  • Biking permitted on all trails


District 4

Wildlife Management Area

WV DNR Wildlife Resources

Address: 2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801-8320

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Phone: (304) 256-6947

Panther | (304) 938-2252

Owned by WVDNR

SUMMARY: Panther Park offers six campgrounds in heavily wooded surroundings along with hiking trails, scenic overlooks, trout fishing, picnicking, swimming, cabins, and a meeting lodge with a full commercial kitchen. The facility and park are great for family reunions, weddings, special events. The park has primitive campsites with over 7,820 acres of forest, streams, walking paths, a swimming pool and much more.