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Franklin State Forest

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For your safety and the safety of our staff, campsites at Franklin State Forest are CLOSED until further notice due to the risk of spread of COVID-19.


Size: 7,737 acres/3,131 ha.  The land was acquired in 1936 from the Cross Creek Coal Company and was highly degraded. Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division assumed management of the area in 1940. The Forest is on the Cumberland Plateau and located in south-central Tennessee, in Marion and Franklin Counties. The forest is 35-40 miles west of Chattanooga. About 99% of the land is forested and about 96% of the land is in mature hardwood sawtimber and pole timber. Only about 3% of the Forest is pine. The area has a history of timber abuse by diameter-limit cuts and uncontrolled wildfires. Silvicultural prescriptions are geared towards timber stand improvement and management of wildlife habitat. The forest has been traditionally used for hunting. Other recreational uses include horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and camping.

Franklin State Forest Road Use Map (2 Mb pdf)

Franklin State Forest Firewood Collection Map 

For More Information

Spencer Shebesta, State Forest Forester
310 Fire Tower Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
(931) 598-0830