The Entrance to Bear Hollow is within the South Cumberland Plateau Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) identified in TWRA’s State Wildlife Action Plan. The South Cumberland Plateau COA is an area of importance due to its diverse forest and karst habitats that support numerous greatest conservation need species. Additionally, the property is within the Carter Mountain area of interest identified by the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Plan adopted by TennGreen in 2009. The Carter Mountain area is outlined due to the significant species found within the region.
Our Conservation Story
In May of 2015, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) approached TennGreen to assist with purchasing an important property adjacent to Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area, a 17,000-acre WMA south of Winchester, Tennessee. Bear Hollow Mountain features rugged mountains along walking trails and horse trails overlooking scenic vistas, including the Tennessee trailhead to the Walls of Jericho, a popular destination just over the state line in Alabama. Two rare species, the Eastern Small-footed Bat (Myotis leibii) and the state endangered White Fringless Orchid (Platanthera integrilabia), have been located within one mile of the property. The tract, purchased and sold by TennGreen at a discounted rate, will provide an additional entrance to the WMA from Box House Road.
Wildlife to Watch
Wildlife to Watch: Breeding forest interior Neotropical migratory songbirds are common, including Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Wood Thrush. At dusk, Whip-poor-wills are heard along the roads across the WMA. In clearcut areas, Black-and-White Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Towhee are found. In thick regeneration, you may find Chestnut-sided Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler in migration, with nesting suspected but unconfirmed. In spring migration, nearly all warblers can be found, including Cerulean Warbler. (TWRA)
Entrance to Bear Hollow Mountain
Located on Highway 16 out of Winchester to Alabama line.
I-24E from Nashville to exit 127 for US-64/TN-50W. Turn left onto TN-16.