Big Woods WMA
The Big Woods WMA is a 2,208 acre wildlife management area located in Sussex County near the communities of Waverly and Wakefield. It is located adjacent to the Big Woods State Forest and the two parcels together are managed as one unit. The area is predominantly pine forests that are managed to promote quail and other grassland wildlife species.
Visitors to Big Woods Wildlife Management Area are advised that the Department will be conducting prescribed Fire Activities at various units through the WMA. The management area remains open but visitors are advised to use caution traveling on WMA roads due to the presence of equipment and staff and the potential for decreased visibility.
Big Woods WMA is a brand new addition to the wildlife management area system. Big Woods WMA is in the coastal plain and offers various aged pine forests with some hardwood bottom lands. Future management will focus on thinning pine stands and conducting prescribed fires in the understory. The area provides habitat for a wide range of species including white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkeys, and bobwhite quail. Due to potential wildlife management concerns, horseback riding is not permitted on this WMA.
Big Woods WMA is open to hunting. Hunting regulations are generally the same as those for Sussex County, except for Rules for Wildlife Management Areas. Hunting seasons are also similiar to those for Sussex County. Exceptions can be found in the Hunting and Trapping Summary. Either-sex deer hunting is allowed during the general deer firearms season. Hound hunting for deer is permitted. Please familiarize yourself with the property boundaries and gates prior to visiting the area. Direct any questions regarding this WMA to (804) 829-6580. Hunters must park in designated parking areas.
Physical Address for Driving Directions:
32775 Cedar Sign Post Road, Wakefield, VA 23888 (map)
Take Route 460 to Wakefield. Turn south on route 628 (Courtland Road) and travel for approximately 1 mile. Turn west on route 628 (Brittles Mill Road). Big Woods WMA has road frontage near the intersection of Brittles Mill Road and cedar Sign Post Road (route 622).