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Prentice Cooper State Forest
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Prentice Cooper State Forest is located in southeastern Tennessee, in Marion County. The forest is approximately 10 miles west of Chattanooga and is heavily utilized by the public. It is situated on the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. The property for Prentice Cooper was acquired by simple purchase between 1938 and 1944. The site was proclaimed a State Forest in 1945. Sixty-nine percent of the forest are in multiple-use regulated forests and the remainder is in conservation areas. Approximately 6,939 acres are designated as unregulated scenic zones that protect this view shed and other scenic areas of the forest. Hicks Gap Natural Area (350 acres) also occurs in the forest and was developed to protect the federally endangered Large-flowered Skullcap. The forest also includes several in-holdings owned by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and 3 cemeteries. Management activities of the forest focus primarily on sustainable timber management, forest management demonstration and wildlife habitat improvement while maintaining recreational opportunities for the public. There are 35 miles of hiking trails, including the south end of the Cumberland Trail State Park. There also are two designated camping areas. Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division has provided labor and portions of the forest for various types of research in collaboration with the University of Tennessee. Hunting has been a traditional use of the forest. Other recreational activities include OHV use in designated areas, rock climbing, hiking, Mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and camping.
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Prentice Cooper State Forest is located near Chattanooga, Harrison and Hixson

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 18 by John_S
park review stars; one to five
March 31 Interesting park by bteresa11
park review stars; one to five Went there on a field trip and would like to talk to one of the rangers about questions on my Environmental Science trip there
April 9 Great Place for the outdoorsman by Doug
park review stars; one to five I usually go there to take my ATV and Truck to go offroading during the summer. I have been hiking there once. There are quite a few hiking/biking trails with lots of scenery. There is primitive camping at the gates, as well as a designated camping spot within the park. The spots at the gate are big enough for a camper or toy hauler unless it is a busy weekend for off roaders.
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Tennessee State Parks