Kyles Ford WMA

Site Directions:  From the intersection of TN-70 and Highway 11W in Rogersville, Take TN-70 North for 16.3 miles.

From the intersection of TN-33 N and College Street in Sneedville, Take TN-33 North for 11.4 miles. Turn right onto TN-70S continue 0.3 miles

Lat: 36.567929°N Long: -83.039388°W

Hours: daylight hours

Access:  Open year-round, however, Closed to non-hunters during Big Game Hunts Only.  Access to the WMA is via multiple gates or entryways, primarily foot travel only. The WMA may also be accessed by boat via the Clinch River using TWRA kayak and canoe launch.

Fees: none

Hancock/Hawkins County, 1,000 acres

Big game,  small game, and trapping are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

All small game hunting and dog training excluding raccoon/opossum closes at 4 p.m.

Blaze orange is required by small game hunters during big game muzzleloader and gun hunts (excluding spring turkey).

Quail - Open to dog training only. Quail dog training opens only during quail season.

Rabbit Dog Training - Oct. 1-31.

Site Description: Kyles Ford consists of 1000 acres in Eastern Hancock and Northern Hawkins Counties it lies on the Clinch River and features old fields, wetlands, thickets, and ridges managed primarily for small game.

TWRA in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups in a combined effort to preserve the area’s rare, threatened, and endangered species of freshwater mussels.

The concerned area of the Upper Tennessee River watershed contains some of the most biologically diverse concentrations of freshwater mussels in the Continental United States.

It is also among the most degraded and threatened concentrations of mussels, containing some species that are globally unique. Kyles Ford waterfall and hiking trails are located on the WMA.

Wildlife to Watch: For the birdwatcher, Kyles Ford is a great place in east Tennessee area from fall through spring for a large variety of hawks, sparrows, and neotropical migrants.

Examples of some of the species known to exist at Kyles Ford: Accipiter striatus (Sharp-shinned Hawk), Asio flammeus (Short-eared Owl),  Caprimulgus carolinensis (Chuck-will's-widow), Caprimulgus vociferus (Whip-poor-will), Certhia americana (Brown Creeper), Circus cyaneus (Northern Harrier), Coccyzus americanus (Yellow-billed Cuckoo), Contopus virens (Eastern Wood-pewee)Dendroica discolor (Prairie Warbler), Icterus spurius (Orchard Oriole), Oporornis formosus (Kentucky Warbler), Troglodytes troglodytes (Winter Wren), Tyto alba (Barn Owl), Vireo griseus (White-eyed Vireo), Colinus virginianus (White-eyed Vireo)

Note: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates.

Contact Information

Region 4 office: 423-587-7037
Toll Free: 1-800-332-0900
Email the office
Area Manager: David Sams (423) 235-4882


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