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Chuck Swan WMA

Site Directions:

From Tazewell, TN: Follow Highway 33 south to Sharps Chapel Road.  Sharps Chapel Road is the second road on the right after the Cedar Grove BP store. Continue on Sharps Chapel Road for approximately 10 miles.  The entrance to Chuck Swan State Forest and WMA is at the end of the county road.

From Knoxville, TN: Follow Highway 33 north through Maynardville to Sharps Chapel Road. Sharps Chapel Road is the first road on the left after crossing Norris Lake. Continue on Sharps Chapel Road for approximately 10 miles.  The entrance to Chuck Swan State Forest and WMA is at the end of the county road.

Latitude: 36.3718°N Longitude: -83.8884°W

Address: 3350 Sharps Chapel Rd., Sharps Chapel, TN 37866

Hours: Daylight hours only

Seasonality: Year-Round* (Exceptions apply during big game quota hunts)

Fees: none

Site Description: Prior to 1934, the area now known as Chuck Swan was made up of small parcels and farms.  The land was acquired by the Tennessee Valley Authority in connection with the Norris Dam project. 

Chuck Swan WMA, originally known as Central Peninsula and is still called that today by many users, was officially sold to the State of Tennessee by the United States of America, Tennessee Valley Authority for a sum of $6,498.00 in 1952.  Historical data shows Chuck Swan was being managed by TWRA (TN Fish and Game Commission) prior to 1952.  Deer stocking efforts were taking place at Chuck Swan WMA in 1937. 

These deer were eventually used as a major source for the deer restoration efforts across the state until the end of the stocking program in 1985.  During that time, Chuck Swan WMA provided deer to 41 different counties in Tennessee.  Chuck Swan WMA has always been a destination for Tennessee sportsman and that legacy continues today. The area is also home to several cemeteries, a firing range, and miles of drivable roads.

Activities:

·         Hunting 

·         Wildlife Viewing

·         Shooting Range* (Open Thursday and Friday: Noon-Sunset, Saturday and Sunday: Sunrise-Sunset, Closed during big game quota hunts)

Watchable Wildlife:

Common woodland and grassland birds are present in season. Whitetail deer and eastern wild turkey are common across the entire WMA.

NOTE:  Some areas are used for recreational purposes.  Please use these links before visiting the location.

Chuck Swan WMA


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