Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness
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Bridgestone Firestone
Centennial Wilderness
TWRA - WMA

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The Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, a 10,000-acre gift to the citizens of Tennessee from the company, was called "The Grand Canyon of the Cumberland's" by an early 19th Century traveler and is recognized as a natural treasure for its uniqueness and diversity.  It is entrusted to the Tennessee Wildlife Management Agency (TWRA) as a Wildlife Management Area with an easement to the Conservation Fund.

You may enjoy low impact activities such as gazing at one of the nine waterfalls, hiking, bird watching, primitive camping, hunting, fishing, class-5 kayaking, canoeing, photography and cave exploring. 

A premier hiking and backpacking destination in the Caney Fork River Gorge, the 26 miles of trails on the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness are rated moderate to difficult.  These trails offer access to the terrain of rolling hills, waterfalls, deep gorges, rocky hillsides, wildflowers, oak, hickory and pine forest, creeks, river pools, and general remoteness all combine to offer many degrees of difficulty.

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Hiking trails are open year round except for the following dates during big game deer season:  Always check new-year updated hunting schedule on web site:  www.tnwildlife.org

Waterfalls:
Polly's Branch Upper Falls            12'
Polly's Branch Middle Falls 14'   
Polly's Branch Lower Falls                25'          
Puncheon Camp Creek Twin Falls 25' (no trail to this falls)
Copper Cascades                                
Jenny's Branch Falls 30'                 
Rogers Creek Falls
Bee Branch Falls 20'
Virgin Falls 110' is adjacent to the BFCW Trail System

Trail System:      
Chestnut Mountain Ranch Trail       
Polly's Branch Falls Trail              
Caney Fork River Trail                       
Davis Cemetery Trail                       
Flowing Well Trail                       
Yellow Bluff Trail
Shop Gap Trail     
Bee Creek Trail    
Screwcliff Bluff Overlook

Spur Trails :
Bee Branch Overlook                               
Boar Hog Gap Twin Overlook     
Polly's Branch Lower Falls                          
Copper Cascades
Jenny's Branch                    
Big Spring
Rose Cave                            
Clifty Creek

Primitive Camping - Please use wilderness "No Trace" camping ethics.

Yellow Bluff Trailhead & Campground        
Fork Hole-Big Spring Campground
Bee Creek Campground                                        
Ambers Den Campground
Fish Hole Campground                                        
Polly's Branch Falls Campground
Polly's Branch Falls Trailhead & Campground        

Hunting  - Wildlife who call the wilderness home are wild turkey, quail, dove, deer, squirrel, fur bearers, and ruffed grouse.  Hunting is subject to State license and the WMA hunting seasons. 

Fishing  - The Caney Fork and its tributaries provide exceptional fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and redeye.  Youth fishing is permitted until Labor Day at the 2 small lakes on the Chestnut Mountain Ranch Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  An entry gate is located on the east side of the property along Eastland Road.

Directions:  Follow Highway 70 East of Sparta 11 miles, turn right at Eastland Road and travel 8 miles to Scott's Gulf Road and turn right to trailheads and campgrounds.  The BFCW ranch entrance and Manager station is a mile further on Eastland Road.

For Information - Contact:  TWRA 931-484-9571, James Douglas, BFCW Manager 931-935-3280 or for BFCW maps contact Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce 931-836-3552

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