Located in Franklin County, Tennessee and in Jackson County, Alabama, The Walls of Jericho is comprised of large, intact and protected forestlands within the Southern Cumberland Mountains. Originally part of a larger property acquired by Texas oil magnate Harry Lee Carter in the 1940s, the Tennessee side of the property was managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) for public recreation until a private timber firm closed the area in 1977.
In 2004, The Nature Conservancy took ownership and permanently reopened this 21,453-acre area that straddles the Alabama and Tennessee border. Soon after, Alabama’s Forever Wild Program purchased the 12,500-acre Alabama section of the property to expand the Skyline Wildlife Management Area, which is open for public access. Later, in 2006, TNC transferred the 8,943-acre Tennessee tract to TWRA, along with an additional 5,400 acres to the north, to establish the Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area.