Located on the northern Cumberland Plateau, west of Jamestown and Big South Fork, the Skinner Mountain Wildlife Management Area encompasses 1,700-foot-tall Skinner Mountain and 4,208 acres of woodland coves, native hardwood forests, caves, mountain streams and waterfalls.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Tennessee's State Wildlife Action Plan, completed in 2006, ranked the northern Cumberland Plateau as among the highest priority wildlife habitat in the state. In addition to its outstanding natural features, the Skinner Mountain area contains an abundant variety of native plants, aquatic animals, amphibians, and cave species. Rare animals known to inhabit the area include the green salamander and the Hellbender, the Eastern spotted skunk, the Northern pine snake and the peregrine falcon.
Many migratory songbirds (including the rare Cerulean Warbler) spend summers in the property's forests, while several types of bats (including endangered species, such as the Indiana bat) spend winters and summers in the area. Rare trees on the property include big-toothed aspen, chestnut and butternut. The Conservancy acquired this property in the fall of 2006.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
In 2014, The Nature Conservancy transferred Skinner Mountain to the state of Tennessee to be a Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.