Moon Rocks at the Yellow Creek Preserve

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Campaign update: Total project cost is $800,000. Many thanks to our major supporters and individuals who have contributed to this campaign! Together, we have raised $769,801. We have set a property closing date mid-August but still need to close the final gap of $30,199. Folks, we are doing this!

All gifts are tax deductible. Every little bit helps! Please donate today!

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!”

Fundraising Initiative

The West Virginia Land Trust is fundraising to purchase 860 acres in Tucker County that adjoins the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area. The property, currently owned by The Vandalia Heritage Foundation, will be called Yellow Creek Preserve, named after 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. With 3+ miles of established trails, this preserve attracts people from all over the country.

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Location and Access

The tract 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 to the Yellow Creek Preserve 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.


Recreation at Moon Rocks at the Yellow Creek Preserve

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