Conservation Public Lands & Waters

Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Virginia

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Roughly 10 percent of Virginia is publicly-owned, providing about 2.5 million acres of accessible lands.

Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

• 19,808 acres

• Deer, turkey, grouse and small game hunting

• Trout fishing in Holiday Creek area

Dragon Run State Forest

• 9,562 acres

• Deer and turkey hunting

• Fishing access to Dragon’s Run river

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

• 1.8 million acres

• Fishing in ponds, lakes and streams for cold and warm water species

• Deer, grouse, small game and turkey hunting

Highland Wildlife Management Area

• 14,283 acres

• Good fishing on Bullpasture River for stocked trout

• Good deer, bear and turkey hunting

John H. Kerr Reservoir and Lake

• 50,000-acre lake with 800 miles of shoreline, fishing access and boat launches available

• 10,000 acres of public hunting land

• Multiple campgrounds

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Highland Wildlife Management Area

Photo credit: flickr