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Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area
Maryland Recreational Site
Indian Springs' 6,400 acres are a wildlife haven amid sites of pioneer homesteads and family cemeteries, reminders of the harsh life of settlers in Western Maryland. The area was also used by Native Americans, who left behind stone tools and arrowheads. During the Civil War, Fairview Mountain (located in the area) was a military signal post for Union forces.
The wildlife management land includes a bow hunting area for deer hunting. Deer hunting is also permitted in season, with muzzle loaders and firearms. Limited waterfowl hunting is also permitted. Hunting is allowed in season throughout Indian Springs except for a 30-acre refuge in the western part of the area. The wildlife refuge has a self-guided nature trail. Trout are stocked in the Indian Springs Pond and in Blair's Valley Lake, which has a public boat launching area. The area is also popular for collecting edible wild mushrooms. Field trials for hunting dogs are held here six times a year.