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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » East Tennessee
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Chuck Swan WMA

Site Directions: It is located in northeast Tennessee, 25 miles north of Knoxville, in Union and Campbell counties and is bounded on three sides by Norris Lake. It is recommended to access the site from Cumberland Gap National Historic Park unless you are beginning your trip from Knoxville, in which case you will want to stop here first before reaching Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.

From Cumberland Gap National Historic Park: Follow Highway 25 E South to Tazewell, TN. Turn Right on Hwy. 33. Follow until Sharps Chapel Road. Turn Right onto Sharps Chapel Road. Turn Right onto Davis R. Turn Left onto Brantley Rd. Turn Left onto Oak Grove Ln. Turn Right onto Welch Rd.

From Knoxville: Take Hwy 25E North from Knoxville to Tazewell. Turn Left on Hwy 33 and follow directions above.
Access Rd from Welch Rd - Lat: 36.3629°N Long: -83.88085°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: Enjoy a picturesque drive down Sharp's Chapel Road leading to this tranquil and secluded spot. Camping areas around the eastern portion of this 24,444 acre WMA offer opportunities for bird and butterfly watching. The area is also home to several cemeteries, a firing range and miles of drivable roads.

Wildlife to Watch: Woodland birding is generally good year round. Many species of Neotropical migratory songbirds migrate through and breed at Chuck Swan WMA. In winter, look for Red-breasted Nuthatches and other winter birds. Wild Turkey and White-tailed Deer are common across the site.

NOTE: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.


For more information:

Chuck Swan WMA

Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail

Birds of Chuck Swan WMA from eBird submissions


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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.