Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area

Forks of the River WMA has access to the Will Skelton Greenway (paved) that runs south out of Knoxville. The WMA has mixed hardwood forests and crop fields with a cedar lined dirt road just past the parking lot. The greenway provides views of the river in many places.

Songbird migration can be excellent in the park along the greenway. Deer and turkey may be seen year round. Sparrows are common in the hedgerows and old fields. General wildlife viewing is excellent at this site, especially with the paved greenway access.

American woodcock perform their breeding display near dusk in late winter.

From I-40, take James White Pkwy Exit (388A) and stay to the left to continue on James White Parkway. Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. Exit. Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.). Turn right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill). Forks of the River WMA is just past the Ijams Nature Center on the left. Follow signs to the WMA.

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Latitude: 35.952572 Longitude: -83.858632 Elevation: 840 ft
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Best Time for Viewing

Early morning is best time for songbird migration. Dusk provides the best time for woodcocks.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

April and early May is the best time for spring migration. February is the best month for viewing woodcocks.


This is a great place, but remember it is not a park. It is a TWRA wildlife management area meant for hunting. During hunting season Sept.-May, only the Western Perimeter Trail, Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail are open to the public. TWRA is funded almost entirely by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and pays for the management of this WMA. The public should not use the interior trails during hunting season, for their own safety and out of respect for those hunters that pay for the management of the WMA. A bullet can travel a long way and hunters will not expect members of the public, nor see them through the woods and brush, to be using those interior trails.

Candi, 1/19/2019

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