West Virginia State Wildlife Center, French Creek

#9 of 20 in Wildlife in West Virginia
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a zoological park in French Creek, West Virginia. Operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center displays many of West Virginia's wildlife, including both native and introduced species. A few of the animals at the Wildlife Center were once found naturally in West Virginia, but were extirpated by the early 1900s.
The Wildlife Center comprises 338 acres (137 ha) and displays 29 different species of West Virginia mammals, birds, and reptiles, which are located along a 1.25-mile (2.01 km)trail through a mature hardwood forest. The animal exhibits are spacious chain-link enclosures within an actual West Virginian forest, which allows the animals to interact with the environment and behave in more natural ways than one would see in most other zoos that attempt to recreate the environment. The Wildlife Center receives about 50,000 visitors per year.
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  • This was French Creek Game Farm until about 1986, when they moved the animals from cages to pens with high fences where the animals could enjoy some more freedom and visitors could see them in a...  more »
  • There weren't a lot of animals but their habitats were clean and roomy and the paved loop walkway in the woods was a great walk. The animals were a great representation of the local wildlife. Great.....  more »
  • We had family in from out of town and brought them here to help the kids unwind. I love that they have put weather sheds throughout the trail. They are actually fairly large and easily accessible via a wheelchair. Most of the animals were just lounging but that is expected. There was one vacant habitat but that didn't seem to bother anyone. Considering the price to get in this is an amazing little gem and I am glad our community keeps it going.
  • It seems like there are not as many animals as there used to be. Some of the cages were empty or "vacant" as well. Its not that expensive, but would be better with more animals to see. A lot of the animals were laying down or hiding, it would also be nice if their cages or " living areas" were a little bigger. Overall it was a decent walk, some of it uphill, and we had fun with the kids. A nice family place and good exercise, but it could be better.

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