Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area
Prentice Cooper State Forest is located in Southeastern Tennessee, in Marion County. The forest is approximately 10 miles west of Chattanooga. It is situated on the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. Approximately 6,939 acres are designated as unregulated scenic zones that protect this view shed and other scenic areas of the forest. Hicks Gap Natural Area (350 acres) also occurs in the forest and was developed to protect the federally endangered Large-flowered Skullcap. The forest also includes several in-holdings owned by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and 3 cemeteries. Management activities of the forest focus primarily on sustainable timber management, forest management demonstration and wildlife habitat improvement while maintaining recreational opportunities for the public.
Activities/Ammenities: There are 35 miles of hiking trails, including the south end of theCumberlandTrailState Park. There also are two designated camping areas. Hunting has been a traditional use of the forest. Other recreational activities include OHV use in designated areas, rock climbing, hiking, Mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and camping. Nearby South Pittsburg, Jasper, andChattanooga have many amenities.
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3998 Game Reserve Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Phone: (423) 658-5551
- Raccoon Mountain Campground, 5.7 miles away
- Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 7.3 miles away
- Alford House Bed & Breakfast, 7.4 miles away
- Elaine's Riverboat Barge and Grill, 7.4 miles away
- Dairy Bar, 7.9 miles away