Catoosa WMA

Site Directions: From I-40, take exit 320, Genesis Road, and travel north 8 miles to the entrance to Catoosa WMA. 

For specific locations and access points:

Wartburg entrance: Take Catoosa Road from Wartburg to Old Catoosa Campground, eight miles. Once inside the WMA, there are several campgrounds, wildlife, and scenic opportunities.

If you would like more information, you should go to the check-in station via the following directions. Turn left at Catoosa Campground. Go five miles to Bi-color Station.

Peavine Rd entrance - 
From I-40, exit 322, Peavine Rd, travel north on Peavine Rd for 1.8 miles and make a left onto Firetower Rd. Once on Firetower Rd, travel 2.8 miles to the end of pavement and continue 0.6 miles more to a gate (Google maps show the road as Otter Creek Rd).

This is the entrance to Catoosa WMA. Follow the road 3.1 miles to the savanna restoration site. Travel 8.2 miles past the gate to the Devil's Breakfast Table area (or 14.7 miles from turning onto Firetower Rd).

Devil's Breakfast Table area - follow Peavine Rd entrance directions. Devil's Breakfast Table parking area is on the right just across the bridge. There is a trailhead about 40 yards down the road.

Devil's Breakfast Table, Lat-Long: 36.058796,-84.792257

SW access road Lat-Long 36.03199, -84.927887

Genesis Rd Checking Station access - Lat-Long 36.07356, -84.96071

Potters Ford Rd - Lat-Long: 36.08204, -84.94926

Bicolor Rd Checking Station access - Lat-Long: 35.9938, -84.6776

Old Catoosa Entrance N 36.0538 W -084.6728

Bicolor Entrance N 35.993 W -84.678

Oak savannah restoration locations and directions: from Genesis Rd (Hwy 298), go east on Potter's Ford until the road comes to a T (Otter Creek Rd). Make a left and go about a mile until you reach the open savanna habitat. There are approximately 3000 acres of open savanna in the area. Several side roads provide access to other areas of open woodlands.

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: year-round

Fees: none

Site Description: The rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau are managed in this area for all types of wildlife.  Across Catoosa WMA, visitors can find mature hardwood forest, young hardwood forest, dense vegetation along with crystal clear streams, and open oak savanna.

The oak savanna area is actively managed to maintain open woodlands and native grass systems that historically occurred in the region before the fire was removed from the system and forests dominated the area.

Other areas appear in transition due to pine bark beetle infestations and extensive loss of pine trees. 

Auto viewing is a good way to see wildlife at Catoosa WMA. 

The Obed Wild and Scenic River runs through Catoosa and can be explored from road crossings, however, there are no trails along with most river access points.

The Devil's Breakfast Table is one spot to see. It is a wonderful stopping point with a great view of Daddy's Creek (home to the Tangerine Darter) as well as nice wildflower opportunities.

Additionally, the area of the Catoosa WMA located west of the Devil's Breakfast Table is home to a substantial Oak Savanna Restoration Project. As this project progresses, there will be unique opportunities to see birds, wildflowers, and butterflies in this area.

The Wartburg entrance leads to a scenic drive that is very different from the oak savanna restoration areas. There are opportunities to get out and take in the quiet woods and birdsong or view the rivers and streams in the area.

While not in possession of especially large trees, the forest understory is outstanding, hosting high densities of bigleaf magnolia, eastern redbud, slippery elm, devil's walking stick (Aralia spinosa), sourwood, and evergreen rhododendron.

The forest canopy is dense, creating a dim, mysterious air throughout the far eastern portion of the site.

Wildlife to Watch: The oak savanna area provides habitat for uncommon birds on the Cumberland Plateau, including Red-headed Woodpecker (very high densities), Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, White-eyed Vireo, and Common Yellowthroat.

Thick streamside may yield a Swainson's Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, or a river otter. Wild Turkey, White-tailed Deer, and Ruffed Grouse are present. 

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

Catoosa WMA

Google Map

Catossa WMA herbbertsburg Entrance
Catossa WMA herbbertsburg Entrance
Catossa WMA Potters Ford Entrance
Catossa WMA Potters Ford Entrance