North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area
Just off Exit 141 on Interstate 75, Royal Blue Management Area features over fifty three thousand (53,000) acres of mountain forests with elevations reaching to three thousand two hundred (3,200) feet. It is home to a substantial population of whitetail deer, wild turkeys, beavers, and squirrels, an occasional black bear and now elk. The recent reintroduction of elk to the area has brought much excitement and more are to be released in the near future. Numerous ponds provide water for the land animals and also draw blue gill fisherman, Canada geese and great blue herons. Many other species of birds are prevalent in the area. Over six hundred (600) miles of roads, many blazed when the area was mined and logged, now entice riders of mountain bikes and off-highway vehicles (ohv’s) to experience nature rebuilding itself. Royal Blue WMA is open year round to the public. User fees are required for the use of off-highway vehicles. Fees can be paid at any location that sells hunting and/or fishing license. Visitors to the area are randomly checked and fines may result in noncompliance.
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