Traveling WV: Otter Creek Wilderness

Otter Creek itself is an excellent brook trout stream. (WCHS/WVAH)

The famous naturalist and author John Muir once said, "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul" Muir was partial to the iconic western landscapes of America, but he could have easily been writing about the wilderness areas of West Virginia, and Otter Creek Wilderness in particular. Boasting over 20,000 acres of unspoiled land, and 42 miles of hiking trails, Otter Creek in a true gem tucked away in Tucker County.

Otter Creek was established in 1975 by the United States Congress making it one of the earliest areas in the eastern U.S. to receive wilderness designation.

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