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Forks Of The River Wildlife Management Area



Forks of the River Wildlife Management & Hunting Area is an active hunting ground that allows trail access for recreational activities. From Ijams Nature Center, the paved Will Skelton Greenway connects to Forks of the River and skirts the edge of the Tennessee River. From there, 6.5 miles of natural trails and dirt or gravel roads wind through fields and woods. The Whaley Trail follows the French Broad River before crossing Burnett Creek Road and connecting to the Anderson School Trails.

The Perimeter Trail – defined as the Will Skelton Greenway, Whaley Trail and West perimeter trail - is open year round. All other trials, Utility Road, Wild Brier and Wyatt Way are open to users from June 1- August 31 only.

A High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit is required for all bicycling on the Forks of the River trails except for the perimeter trails. Information on the permit is available online at

For questions about high impact conservation permit, land management or hunting regulations please visit or call TWRA at 1-800-332-0900.

Allowed Activities
Wildlife Watching
Dog Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs On Leash