Success Story 2018

Tennessee Wilderness

Upper Bald River Wilderness Photo: Bill Hodge
Tennessee Wilderness
Wild South
20,000 acres protected

The Tennessee Wilderness Act was signed into law on December 20, 2018.  The act designated the 9,000-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness Area – the first new wilderness area in Tennessee in 30 years.  It also expanded the existing existing Joyce Kilmer-Slicrock, Big Frog, Little Frog Mountain, Big Laurel Branch, and Sampson Mountain wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest.  20,000 acres,  4.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, world-class fishing and whitewater runs are now protected as Wilderness.  This landscape is home to the eastern hellbender, North America’s largest salamander.