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State Preserves

State Forests

Wildlife Managment Areas 



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Growing Smart on High Knob

A Sustainable Recreational Blueprint for Virginia's High Knob Region


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Just Get Outdoors

The Cumberland Forest Project (KY, TN, VA)

Blue Ridge Parkway (Eco-Friendly Sites)

Blooms on the Parkway

Southern WV


Rustic Ravines (Waynce County)


Three Rivers Avian Center (Summers County)

The Nature Conservancy

Brush Creek Preserve TNC (Mercer County)

Slaty Mountain Preserve (TNC) (Monroe County)

Greenbrier Valley (TNC)


Certifed Arboretum

State Forest

Greenbrier State Forest (very close to White Sulphur Springs)

Note: When traveling to Greenbrier State Forest, vehicles and campers will need to travel through Harts Run Tunnel, which is 13’ 6” high.

Panther State Forest (southwestern McDowell County and Mingo County)

Cabwaylingo State Forest (Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mingo)

Calvin Price State Forest (Greenbrier County)

Camp Creek State Forest (Mercer County)

Wildlife Management Areas

Anawalt Lake WMA (southern McDowell County)

Berwind Lake WMA (southern McDowell County)

Tug Fork WMA (northern McDowell County)

Beury Mountain WMA (Fayette County)

Plum Orchard Lake WMA (western Fayette County)

Bluestone Lake WMA  (southern Summers County)

Horse Creek Lake WMA (western Wyoming County)

R.D. Bailey Lake WMA (western Wyoming County

Meadow River WMA  (western Greenbrier County)

Moncove Lake WMA  (eastern Monroe County)

Tate Lohr WMA (southern Mercer County)

Beech Fork Lake WMA  (northern Wayne County)

East Lynn Lake WMA (southern Wayne County)

Big Ugly WMA (Lincoln County)

Hilbert WMA (eastern Lincoln County)

Upper Mud River WMA  (southern Lincoln County)

Laurel Lake WMA (northeast Mingo County)

Tomblin WMA  (Logan County)

Wildlife Viewing

Greenbrier Outfitters (White Sulphur Springs)


Wildlife center at Forks-of-Coal natural area set to open

(Spring, 2022)

Scenic Rivers


Eastern KY


KY Natural Lands Trust.  Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor

On boarder with Virginia

Lilley Cornett Woods (Letcher County)

     ESU Research Station

The Nature Conservancy 

Bad Branch State Nature Preserve (Whitesburg, TNC) CRDRT


James E. Bickford State Nature Preserve (Harlan County)

Blanton State Forest and Nature Preserve (Harlan County)

Certifed Arboretum

State Forests

Kentenia State Forest (Harlan County)

Kentucky Ridge State Forest (Bell County)

Tygarts State Forest (Carter County)

Wildlife Management Areas

Cranks Creek Wildlife Management Area (Harlan County)

Martins Fork Wildlife Management Area  (Harlan County)

Begley Wildlife Management Area (Harlan County) CRDRT

Carr Creek Lake WMA  (Knott County, KY)

Stone Mountain WMA and State Natural Area (Harlan County, KY)

Fishtrap Lake Wildlife Management Area (Pike County) CRDRT

Wildlife Viewing

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park (Lawerence County)

    Guided Elk Tours. September to early March 

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park (Perry County)

    Guided Elk Tours.  Fall or Winter

Red River Gorge Flora & Fauna

Jewel Ridge Wildlife Viewing Area (Perry County)

Elk Tours Breaks Interstate Park

(Pike County, KY/ Dickenson County VA) 

Stay in Clay (Experience Elk Country, Clay County) 

Scenic Rivers





Western NC  


Snakeroot Ecotours (Mt. Mitchell.  Black Mountains)

Curtis Wright Outfitters Falconry (Buncombe)

The Nature Conservancy

Bluff Mountain Preserve (Ashe County)

Big Yellow Mountain Preserve (Avery County)


River and Earth Adventures Eco-Education (Blowing Rock)

Certifed Arboretum

State Forests

Holmes Educational State Forest (Hendersonville)

Tuttle Educational State Forest (Caldwell County)

DuPont State Recreational Forest (near SC and GA)

Natural Area (WMA)

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area (West Jefferson, NC)

Catoosa Wildlife Management Area (Morgan County)

Wildlife Viewing

Scenic Rivers







Northeastern TN



The Nature Conservancy

John R. Dickey Birch Branch Sanctuary (Johnson County)

Shady Valley (Johnson County)

Orchard Bog and Quarry Bog (Johnson County)

Schoolyard Springs (Johnson County)

Pogue Creek Canyon (Pickett County)

Clear Creek Preserve (Morgan County

Clifty Creek Preserve (Roane/Morgan County

Stone Preserve (Morgan County)

Gil & Summerfield Johnston Preserve (Scott County)



Certifed Arboretum

TN Urban Forestery Council

State Forest

Martha Sundquist State Forest (Cocke County)

Chuck Swan State Forest (Campbell & Union County)

Scott State Forest (NW of Knoxville)

Lone Mountain State Forest (West of Knoxville)

Wildlife Management Areas

Chuck Swan WMA (Campbell & Union Counties)

Pickett State Forest & WMA (West of the Big South Fork National River RA)

Lick Creek Bottoms WMA - Joachim Bible Refuge (Greene County)

Forks of the River WMA (Knoxville)

Buffalo Springs WMA (Rutledge and Grainger Counties)

Tellico Lake WMA (Monroe County)

Catoosa WMA (Cumberland and Morgan Counties)

Kyles Ford WMA (West of Kingsport, near VA line)

Wildlife Viewing

Seven Islands State Birding Park (20 miles east of Knoxville)

Scenic Rivers



Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure  Elk Viewing (Buchanan Couty) 

The Clinch Coalition Guided Hikes  (Clinch Ranger District)

The Nature Conservancy

Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve (Montgomery County)

Falls Ridge Preserve (Montgomery County)

Clinch River (Tazewell, Russell, Wise, Scott Counties)

Warm Springs Mountain Preserve (Bath County) 10,000 acres


Virginia Natural Area Preserves

   Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve (Russell County)

        Big Falls and the Pinnacle (Russell County)

        Copper Ridge Trail and Overlook  (Russell County)

   Johnsons Creek Natural Area Preserve (Alleghany County)

    No public Access

   Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve (Rockbridge County)

Certifed Arboretum

State Forest

Channels State Forest (Washington and Russell Counties)

Old Flat State Forest (Grayson County)

Matthews State Forest (Grayson County)

Hawks State Forest (Carroll County)

Niday Place State Forest (Craig County)

Moore’s Creek State Forest (Rockbridge County)

Wildlife Management Areas

Big Survey WMA (Wyth County)


Crooked Creek WMA (Carroll County)

Hidden Valley WMA (Washington County)

Stewards Creek WMA (Carroll County)

Fairystone Farms WMA (Patrick & Henery) Counties)

Smith Mountain Cooperative WMA (Bedford County)

Short Hills WMA (Botetourt & Rockbridge Counties)

Havens WMA (Roanoke County)

Turkeycock WMA (Franklin)

T. M. Gathright WMA (Bath County)

Highland WMA (Highland County)

Wildlife Viewing

Breaks Interstate Park (KY/VA)  Elk Tours

Birding Near Roanoke

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (Bird and Wildlife Trails)

Heart of Appalachia

Appalachian Wonders

Clinch Mountain

Daniel Boone Loop

Big Stone Gap

Lonesome Pine

Mountain Heritage

Saint Paul

Blue Ridge Highlands

Blue Ridge Highlands

Big Walker Mountain

Eastern Continental Divide

Lower New River

Mountain Music

Mount Rogers

South Holston

Virginia Mountains

Alleghany Highlands

​​Forest Trails

Headwaters of the James

Iron Ore

Little Switzerland

Peaks of Otter

Rockbridge River and Ridge

Roanoke Valley

Star City

Southern Shenandoah Valley

West Central Virginia

West Southern Virginia

Scenic Rivers

Benefits, Criteria and Designated Rivers

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