Moon Rocks at the Yellow Creek Natural Area

Buy the Moon!


team did it

You did it! Together, we are now the owners of the Yellow Creek Preserve! With the support of four major grant funders, several local businesses, and 228 individuals, we raised $800,000 for the purchase of 860 acres in Tucker County! This property will be permanently protected by the West Virginia Land Trust and open for public outdoor recreation use for future generations to enjoy.

Many thanks to our local businesses and friends who have supported the campaign!


“I’m very excited that the Land Trust is doing this. It’s really a hopeful, exciting time for mountain bikers and all recreationalists and supporters of conservation.” – Sue Haywood of the Blackwater Bike Association


“People come here (Tucker County) for the trails and outdoor recreation, and that is why it’s important to have this area protected!” – Melissa Borowitz of Hellbender Burritos


Chip Chase of Whitegrass Ski Center wants to call out to all his skiers and say how great Moon Rocks is… “I’ve skied it and its great rolling terrain. This place has a monopoly on the outdoor world, in the sense that we have a real true winter here. And its just fantastic to think that there’s more acreage out there for outdoor rec and this is the time to get on the bandwagon and help out!”

Location and Access

The Yellow Creek Natural Area is 860 acres in Tucker County that adjoins the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area. The property is named after a tributary of the Blackwater River that flows through the property. The property also includes Moon Rocks, a rock formation that is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers.

The property contains 3+ miles of the Moon Rocks-Hoodoo Rock loop trail, and links to 20+ miles of the Heart of the Highlands Trail System. Trail access can be made from the parking area at the National Youth Science Foundation building off Appalachian Corridor H just north of Davis, or from Camp 70 road at the south end of the Tucker County town.


WVLT staff are happy to lead a guided tour. Give us a call at (304) 413-0945.

While we now own the property, we still need funds for management, expanding the trail system, and ecological restoration. Do you love Moon Rocks at the Yellow Creek Preserve? Please consider a donation.

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Recreation at Moon Rocks at the Yellow Creek Natural Area

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