Martha Sundquist State Forest

Size:  2,001 acres / 810 ha. 

This tract of land was purchased in 2001 from International Paper Company (formerly Champion International Corporation), who owned the property since the 1930s. Prior to that, it belonged to the Lambs Gulf Company and that is why the property has long been known as "the Gulf."

It is the only State Forest in the Blue Ridge province. It is located in eastern Tennessee, in Cocke County near the North Carolina-Tennessee border. It is 70 miles east of Knoxville.

Martha Sundquist State Forest is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest on three sides and has one drainage system.

The forest is composed of mature mountain and cove hardwoods. A harvest rotation schedule was developed and followed closely by the previous owners and significant streamside management zones, some as large as 80 acres, have been established.

This forest is considered a wildlife management area and has special provisions for bear hunting. It is popular for hiking, hunting, fishing, timber production, and demonstration of forest practices.

Martha Sundquist State Forest Road Use Map  

Martha Sundquist State Forest Recreation Map

Martha Sundquist State Forest Firewood Collection Map

Cherokee National Forest / Martha Sundquist State Forest Topographic Map

Bear Safety Poster


John Henderson, Area Forester
1250 Hwy 73, Newport, TN  37821
(423) 625-4092