Upper Cumberland watershed

North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area



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Formerly known as the Royal Blue and Sundaquist WMA, North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area covers 140,000 acres of land in the Cumberland Mountains. Spanning four counties- Scott, Campbell, Anderson, and Morgan–the WMA is the second largest parcel of continuous public property in Tennessee. This stretch of land is 75% forested and is home to an abundant range of wildlife, making it a popular birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and hunting destination. 

Wildlife Viewing

Travelers and wildlife seekers will not be disappointed with the opportunities North Cumberland WMA provides for viewing some of Tennessee’s rarest and most spectacular species of birds and animals.

The WMA is home to the second-largest free-roaming elk population East of the Mississippi River. Thanks to the Elk reintroduction program spearheaded by the state of Tennessee in 2000, the WMA’s large elk population draws many visitors who come to view the elk from various towers and locations throughout the area. 

Wildlife lovers also travel to the area for its renowned birdwatching. Rare species, including the Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers, along with many other migratory songbirds and grouse, draw birdwatchers to North Cumberland WMA. 


For those interested in hunting the range of wildlife found in the area, permits provide opportunities for both large and small game hunting. Wild boar and deer are the most popular large game on the WMA. Turkey, squirrel, grouse, and rabbit are among the most popular small game hunted in the area.


While there are no designated campsites in the WMA, visitors are permitted to rustic (backcountry) camp throughout the area.


ATV riding throughout the WMA is a popular activity. Many local businesses surrounding the area provide ATM rentals and equipment for those looking to explore the WMA by vehicle.