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Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area

Only 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Prentice Cooper 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, open to equestrians, OHV’s, hikers, runners and mountain bikers.

The terrain varies, from rolling hills on top of the plateau, to steep grades along the side of the ridge. Trail and road surfaces are a mix of dirt, gravel, or rocks and depending on the time of year, can include multiple stream crossings.

Primitive camping is available at the Check-in station or Davis Pond Campgrounds. Facilities are primitive.

Downloadable Trail Map and Information

Related Activities

Mountain biking, day hiking, backpacking, geocaching, hunting

Activity Type

Family, leisure, challenging, depending on trail conditions

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga

10.9 miles | 20 minutes

GPS Coordinates


Google Map


Vault toilets at campgrounds


Dawn to dusk. Closed 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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