Located near Chattanooga, TN Prentice Cooper offers 24,311 acres with approximately 100 miles of dirt
roads/trails. Multi-use trails open to motor vehicles, ATV's,
dirt bikes, side by sides, hiking, horseback riding.
Roads/trails can be a mix of dirt, gravel, or rocks. Terrain
varies from very easy to very steep.
Address: Marion County, TN
Related activities: trail riding, hiking
Activity type: easy to difficult
Dates/Hours: The area is open during
daylight hours, sunrise to sunset
Official Trail Map: http://www.state.tn.us/twra/gis/wmapdf/Prentice%20Cooper%20State%20Forest.pdf
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Call Before You Haul
Due to weather conditions and maintenance, this trail may be
closed on short notice. Before your ride, please call the OHV
hotline at 423-658-5551
Length: 100 miles
Surface: Mix of dirt roads with difficulty
ranging from easy to very steep.
Stay on designated roads.
All motorized vehicles including OHVs, ATVs, motorcycles, etc.
must stay on designated roads only. Only roads marked with the
jeep symbol are open to motorized vehicles. Some roads are open
to designated use only and are posted as such. Stay out of
the woods, fields, creeks, power lines, gas lines and right of
Respect road closures. Some
roads must be temporarily closed for various reasons.
During the winter months the side roads are closed
during periods of wet weather. Winter months bring a lot of
rain and snow along with freezing and thawing. These
conditions make the dirt roads soft and muddy and most
susceptible to damage, rutting and erosion problems.
Some areas are closed from late April through early July
to encourage turkey nesting. Turkeys do not like to be
disturbed during the nesting period, therefore some areas
are closed to motorized vehicles during this time. Areas
closed include: Tower Drive south of Pot Point Road, Elder
Point, Long Point and Inman Point.
Some roads are closed for road maintenance and
construction or when a logging operation is going on in the
Watch your speed. The speed limit is
25 mph on all roads on the forest.
Help protect the resource.
Slinging gravel and making doughnuts in the roads adds to the
time and costs needed for road maintenance. The forest has a
very limited budget for gravel and maintenance.
Share the road. The roads
are open to all forest visitors including bicyclists and horse
back riders. Be courteous when meeting these visitors on the
road. You may want to stop or turn off your engine as to not to
startle the horses.
Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area will
be holding managed turkey hunts on the dates listed below. The
area west of Highway 27 (Suck Creek Road) will be closed to
visitors except hunters on these dates. The area east of
Highway 27 including Edwards Point will remain open to the
public during these hunts.
Apr 27-May 2
During the time period from
December 21 until
March 15 the following road closures will be in effect to
prevent damage to the roads. These road closures may be put in
effect at other times if weather and/or road conditions deem it
All of the side roads will be closed to motorized
Tower Drive will remain open to Davis Pond and Davis
Pond Road will remain open to the Davis Pond Campsite.
Tower Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles at the
gate just past Pot Point Road.
Haley Road will remain open.
Inman, Elder and Long Point Roads will be closed to
motorized vehicles during this time period.
All roads are closed to motorized vehicles only.
Horseback riding, bicycles and foot travel are permitted.
Camping is permitted at two designated
campsites: Davis Pond and Hunter's Check Station. Campsites are
primitive with pit toilets and campfire rings only. Camping is
first come, first serve.
Those camping at Davis Pond must be in the
campsite by dark. Backpackers may use the campsites along the
Prentice Cooper WMA Phone: 423-658-5551
Map(s) and directions: From Chattanooga, take
Hwy 27 to Signal Mountain exit. Turn right onto Signal Mountain
Rd. Turn left onto Hwy 27 (Suck Creek Rd.) Do not go up the
mountain on Hwy 127. Continue on Hwy 27 for approximately 8
miles (into Marion County). Watch for sign of your left that
says Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. Turn left at that
sign. Bear to left again at junction, and turn left at next
road. Small sign says Prentice Cooper WMA. Go about one mile to
check-in station on your left. Park at check-in station.