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Prentice Cooper State Forest and WMA

Only 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area overlooks the Tennessee River Gorge on a rugged outcrop of the Cumberland Plateau.

The section of Prentice Cooper west of Suck Creek holds approximately 100 miles of forest service roads and trails and approximately 18,000 acres that are open to licensed hunters during managed hunts.

The plateau’s terrain and environment varies, from open fields to rugged woods and rocky stream beds. 

Hunting licenses are available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Camping is available at the check-in station or Davis Pond Campgrounds. Facilities are primitive.

Downloadable Map and Information

Tennessee Hunter Guide and Regulations

Related Activities

Mountain biking, day hiking, backpacking, geocaching, horseback riding

Activity Type

Licensed hunters only: shotgun, muzzleloader, rifle, handgun, archery equipment

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga

10.9 miles | 20 minutes

GPS Coordinates

35.149670, -85.429795

Google Map


Forest Service toilets at campgrounds


Dawn to dusk. Closed to all but licensed hunters during managed hunts.
Seasonal road closures for OHV’s. 
Roads are still open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

Contact Information

3998 Game Reserve Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 658-5551
Jim Lane
PO Box 160
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 658-5551

Prentice Cooper State Forest Website

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