Catoosa Wildlife Management Area
Catoosa Wildlife Management Area offers 82,000 acres of wild land on the upper Cumberland Plateau in both Morgan and Cumberland counties. This area offers some of the best hunting in East Tennessee! This area is home to deer, wild turkey, wild boar, fox squirrels, gray squirrels, ruffed grouse, raccoons, quail, rabbits, and mourning doves. For your fishermen, the game include smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, and muskellunge.
Although the area is funded by hunters and fishermen, it is popular with all outdoor enthusiasts! Backpacking is very popular in the area, as well as whitewater rafting! The area has many deep cut canyons created by the rivers and streams, and offers access to beautiful scenery unlike anywhere else. The many trails allow access to the back country, but perhaps the best known path is the Cumberland Trail which passes through the area. Overnight camping is allowed on designated areas.
The area is closed to entry between sunset and sunrise. Directions to Main Entrance: From I-40, take exit 320, Genesis Road, and travel north 8 miles to the entrance to Catoosa WMA. Other entrances to Catoosa can be found on the website.
For specific locations and access points:
Wartburg entrance: Take Catoosa Road from Wartburg to Old Catoosa Campground, eight miles. Once inside the WMA, there are several campgrounds, wildlife, and scenic opportunities.
If you would like more information, you should go to the check-in station via the following directions. Turn left at Catoosa Campground. Go five miles to Bi-color Station.
Peavine Rd entrance – From I-40, exit 322, Peavine Rd, travel north on Peavine Rd for 1.8 miles and make a left onto Firetower Rd. Once on Firetower Rd, travel 2.8 miles to the end of pavement and continue 0.6 miles more to a gate (Google maps show the road as Otter Creek Rd).
This is the entrance to Catoosa WMA. Follow the road 3.1 miles to the savanna restoration site. Travel 8.2 miles past the gate to the Devil’s Breakfast Table area (or 14.7 miles from turning onto Firetower Rd).
Devil’s Breakfast Table area – follow Peavine Rd entrance directions. Devil’s Breakfast Table parking area is on the right just across the bridge. There is a trailhead about 40 yards down the road.
Devil’s Breakfast Table, Lat-Long: 36.058796,-84.792257
SW access road Lat-Long 36.03199, -84.927887
Genesis Rd Checking Station access – Lat-Long 36.07356, -84.96071
Potters Ford Rd – Lat-Long: 36.08204, -84.94926
Bicolor Rd Checking Station access – Lat-Long: 35.9938, -84.6776
Old Catoosa Entrance N 36.0538 W -084.6728
Bicolor Entrance N 35.993 W -84.678
Oak savannah restoration locations and directions: from Genesis Rd (Hwy 298), go east on Potter’s Ford until the road comes to a T (Otter Creek Rd). Make a left and go about a mile until you reach the open savanna habitat. There are approximately 3000 acres of open savanna in the area. Several side roads provide access to other areas of open woodlands.