This hike follows a portion of the well-maintained Tuscarora Trail through Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses Pee Wee Point and then travels to Sleepy Creek Lake. The Tuscarora Trail is a 242-mile blue-blazed side trail of the famed Appalachian Trail. The trail was originally built to bypass developed areas in northern Virginia. If the Appalachian Trail had not been protected as a National Scenic Trail in 1968, the path of the Tuscarora Trail my well have become the “new” AT.
The Virginia and West Virginia sections of the Tuscarora Trail were known as the Big Blue Trail until 1997 when the two trails were officially unified. The majority of the West Virginia Tuscarora Trail travels through the 22,928-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The area is managed as a game habitat for hunting and fishing. Special attractions: Boggy bottomland, a ridge-top tower, and a lily-pad-covered lake.
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