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Oak Ridge Reservation and WMA

Site Directions:
Oak Ridge, including the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area, the Three Bend Scenic and Wildlife Management Refuge Area, and the Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE), in the counties of Anderson and Roane, Tennessee.
For greenway access information.
Lat-Long: 35.95202, -84.31724
Hours: day light hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: The Oak Ridge Reservation, 37,000 acres, has large expanses of mature hardwood forest, unbroken by development or farmland; brushy corridors and cutover forest; abandoned pastures; grasslands; cedar glades and barrens; and wetlands. These habitats make the area attractive to a large and diverse number of species. Several access points open to the public are available for hiking and bird watching. Visitors must heed warnings when encountering road or area closed signs.

Early successional habitat in full fall colors.

Wildlife to Watch:
Woodland birds are common to abundant across Oak Ridge. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, and Summer Tanager are found commonly in summer. Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and other resident woodland birds are common year round.

Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

For more information:

Tennessee Ornithological Society -Audubon Important Bird Area site description

Information on Greenway access at Oak Ridge

Birds of the Oak Ridge Reservation (Migrant article, 1997)

Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park

Submit your data to eBird and help us build a list of birds seen at this site

Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.