One of the most underused forests in East Tennessee are the 25,000 acres that comprise the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area. This scenic peninsula between the Powell and Clinch River on the eastern shores of Norris Lake, features miles of gravel roads to explore. Equestrians and a few mountain bikers are the more popular trail users. There are numerous roads that loop off the Main Forest road with additional spurs that head down to the lake and picnic areas. The century-old Mount Olive Baptist church and several old cemeteries, some dating to the early 1800's (Lost Cr. Cemetery) are highlights of the area. The major roads are named and marked at intersections. Most of the loops are fairly level, although the Big Spring/Oaks Chapel loop has some steep sections. Jointly managed by TWRA and the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the area is seasonally open to hunting so be sure and check TWRA's hunting schedule before venturing out in the woods. There are 70 miles of shoreline with blueway access for paddlers.
Check TWRA for state hunting rules.
Park Size: 24,444 acres
Length: 70 miles
Type: dirt/gravel roads
Entrance: 3350 Sharps Chapel Road, Sharps Chapel, TN
Directions: Take I-75 N, to exit 112, Emory Rd and head east towards Halls. Go 5.1 miles and turn left onto TN-33 N/Maynardville Pike. Travel 23.4 miles and turn left onto Sharp Chapel Rd which will dead-end at the WMA.