West Virginia State Wildlife Center

Upshur County, WV

Where are we going?

West Virginia State Wildlife Center
163 Wildlife Rd
French Creek
WV 26218

304 924-6211

What is there to do?

Its all about nature at the the West Virginia State Wildlife Center

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is in fact a modern zoological facility that can teach families and kids all about native wildlife, as well as introduced state wildlife. After all, there are so many beautiful creatures within the state, they deserve their own center! 

The enclosures within the wildlife center allow the animals to interact with their own environment, giving them a more comfortable living space. This also means they exhibit more natural behavior patterns, so kids can learn all about their habits and habitats.  

Take a stroll through through the 1.25 mile interpretive trail through a beautiful mature hardwood forest. Along the way, you’ll see interpretive signs that will help you lean all about the animal’s history, life, biology, and also relationship with humans.

It's a great setting for a family outing! There’s a large wooded picnic area with grills and a shelter, as well as a well-stocked pond nearby. Keep an eye out for the bass, trout, catfish and bluegill! 

A beautiful day out in nature in West Virginia, where its all about enjoying these amazing animals that live nearby!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $4

Children: $2 (Ages 6-15)

Free Under: 6 years


Need a little extra help?

Woodland wildlife can be viewed along a wheelchair-accessible interpretative trail 1.25 mile through a mature hardwood forest.


When can we go?

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3pm close Nov 1 to March 31. Gates close 1 hr prior to park close

Year round, including weekends and holidays


Any top tips?

No pets, except on leash in parking lots and picnic area.

I’m Hungry!

They have lovely picnic spots in a wooded area so bring your own lunch! They also have refreshments in the gift shop

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water

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