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Chuck Swan State Forest


Size: 24,702 acres / 9,997 ha.  Prior to 1934, the land that is now Chuck Swan State Forest consisted of numerous small farms and parcels. In 1934 the Tennessee Valley Authority began acquiring the land in connection with the Norris Dam project. TVA sold the property to the State of Tennessee in 1952 with the understanding that the forest would be developed for multiple uses including recreation and demonstration.

Before the recent southern pine beetle outbreak and the resulting mortality, the forest cover types were about 65% hardwood (oak and hickory in particular) and 35% pine (white, shortleaf and loblolly). The Forestry Division is currently working to restore the pine component where appropriate. Approximately 6% of the forest has been harvested since 1966 and ranges in age from 1 to 38 years. An estimated 29% of the forest resulted from the reversion of abandoned agricultural fields following acquisition. These reverted fields help to make up the age classes from 50-90 years that cover more than half of Chuck Swan. About 20% of the forest stands are greater than 90 years old, the oldest around 200 years. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency retains 10 in-holdings (455 acres), and actively manages approximately 1500 acres of wildlife food plots. The forest is home to 53 cemeteries, one active church congregation, one firing range (requires a permit purchased from TWRA) and miles of drivable roads. The forest also offers opportunities for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and mountain-biking.

Within the State Forest system, Chuck Swan is the only representative of the Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley province. 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. Management of the area is a joint effort between the Forestry Division and TWRA and focuses on the improvement of wildlife habitat and forest stand conditions.

Chuck Swan State Forest Road Use Map (2 Mb pdf)

Chuck Swan State Forest Firewood Collection Map

Upcoming Forest Closures Due to Big Game Hunts

(for more hunting details follow Related Links below)

Deer (Archery) 
One hunt: Oct. 4-5
Hunter quota 400. One deer, antlered only. Deer counts toward statewide bag.

Deer (Gun - Young Sportsman) 
One hunt: Oct. 19-20. Hunter quota 200. One deer, either sex
(Bonus deer).

Deer (Gun) 
Two hunts: Dec. 6-7, 13-14
Hunter quota 650. One deer, antlered only. Deer counts toward statewide bag.

Deer (Muzzleloader) 
One hunt: Nov. 15-16
Hunter quota 650. One deer, antlered only. Deer counts toward statewide bag.

Five hunts: March 26-28, April 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25
Hunter quota 150. One turkey per hunt (bonus bird).
Hunting ends at noon each day. Hunter must sign in and out at check station and be out by 1 p.m.

Other Hunts

Squirrel, Dove, Rabbit, and Waterfowl
Same as statewide seasons except where noted.
Waterfowl hunting is closed as posted. Closed to hunting March 1 – Aug. 23 except for spring turkey and spring squirrel hunting.
Small game hunting will close at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts unless otherwise specified.
Closed to quail hunting.

Beaver and coyote may be taken on any hunt with weapon legal for that hunt.

Groundhog, fox and skunk may be taken on any small game hunt that coincides with the statewide bobcat season with weapons legal for the scheduled hunt.

Seven 1-night hunts. Dec. 15-24
Hunters must check out by 1 a.m. All raccoons must be checked in. One raccoon per party.
party is defined as all the occupants of a single vehicle.

June 2 - Aug. 10
No Limit. Centerfire allowed.
Call WMA office for free permit. 865-278-3248.

**Above not included in Big Game Hunts, just to make aware of increased traffic activity on the state forest roads**

Jan. 5 – Feb. 28. No raccoons.
Quota is one party per compartment. Trappers must apply at WMA office. No snares or conibear traps. Trappers must report catch annually.
No snares or conibear traps. Trappers must report catch annually.

Dog Training 
Sep. 1 - Mar. 15, daylight hours only.

Firing Range

Open Thursday and Friday from noon to sunset and Saturday and Sunday from sunrise to sunset.

Closed during all big game quota hunts.

No buckshot allowed on range. Permit required for range.

For More Information

Michael Griffo, State Forest Supervisor
cell: (865) 228-4113

Dustin McCubbins, TWRA Area Manager
office: (865) 278-3248

3476 Sharps Chapel Road
Sharps Chapel, TN 37866

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