Dick Cross WMA

Nationally known for hosting bird dog field trials, the Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area is also a major wintering ground for waterfowl, popular dove hunting area, and home to a diverse resident upland wildlife population. This area is named for former Executive Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, wildlife biologist, field trial judge, and Virginia gentleman — Dick Cross.


Dick Cross (formerly Elm Hill) Wildlife Management Area is located in Mecklenburg County, along the north side of the Roanoke River just below John H. Kerr Dam. Gently rolling land, the area's elevation varies from 200 to 300 feet. Much of the area was once a cattle farm and evidence of that operation remains. The area's 1,400 acres are primarily open upland, maintained as old fields or cultivated to benefit wildlife. Farming techniques on the area are modified to enhance wildlife habitat, and old fields containing native vegetation are encouraged and maintained by disking and prescribed burning. A notable exception is the nearly 300 acres of broad flood plain, or bottomland, along Allen creek and the Roanoke River. Allen Creek meanders through the eastern third of the area and forms the area's eastern boundary shortly before reaching the Roanoke River. Numerous wetland impoundments totaling about 165 acres are managed for waterfowl.

Recreational Opportunities on this WMA

  • Hunting
  • Some or all hunting is controlled by quota hunts.
  • Trapping
  • Primitive Camping
  • Warmwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing Blinds


From U. S. Route 58 between Boydton and South Hill, take State Route 4 south. Go about 5 miles to the management area entrance.

Contact Dick Cross WMA

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
6288 Buggs Island Rd
Boydton, Virginia  23917


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Mecklenburg County, Virginia