This area of Smyth County, representative of the virgin wilderness that must have greeted early settlers, is a protected part of the Clinch Valley Bioreserve. Spanning across several county lines, it is named one of the last great places on earth by The Nature Conservancy for its wealth of biological and ecological diversity. Recreational opportunities include wildlife and nature viewing and photography; fishing; hiking; biking; horseback riding; non-gasoline-motored boating, such as paddle boating and canoeing; and archery. Two boat ramps are available and parking is ample. Laurel Bed Lake offers spectacular views.
Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area Today
Hunting: deer, bear, turkey, grouse, gray and fox squirrel, rabbit, and wood duck hunters usually enjoy success on these ponds, particularly during the first season that opens each fall. Fishing: Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area offers anglers the opportunity to fish roaring mountain streams or placid, picturesque, 300 acre Laurel Bed Lake. A daily fee is charged for fishing some of the area's waters. Facilities: There is amply parking space. Two boat ramps are available at Laurel Bed Lake. A shooting range for archery is near the resident manager's house. There is a developed campground on the area and Raven Ridge Campground and B&B is just minutes away. Other popular uses of the area include: horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hiking and nature photography. A wide range of wildflowers attract visitors in the spring.