North Cumberland WMA

In the Cumberland Mountains, 140,000 acres of unbroken wilderness await your arrival. The largest such parcel of contiguous public property in Tennessee outside the Cherokee National Forest, the North Cumberland WMA encompasses much of the Cumberland Mountains. Clear mountain streams, rare birdlife and majestic wild elk set the stage for this magnificent piece of property, which attracts hunters, anglers, bird watchers and ATV riders.

Formerly the Royal Blue WMA and Sundquist WMA, the North Cumberland WMA encompasses both of those parcels, along with the newly added New River tract. The Cumberland Trail passes through a portion of the North Cumberland WMA, which includes properties in Scott, Anderson, Campbell and Morgan counties in Tennessee.


  • Camping: Rustic camping is permitted throughout the WMA. There are no formal campgrounds. However, Trails End Campground is located immediately adjacent to the WMA. (Main article on camping.)
  • Supplies: Maps, hunting licenses and special use permits are available at retailers along S.R. 63 near the WMA, including DJ’s Pitstop (423-663-4378), Fast Lane (423-663-4585) and Brimstone Recreation (423-663-HUNT).
  • Lodging: The closest formal lodging is Grand Vista Motel in Huntsville, 15 miles from the North Cumberland WMA entrance, and Brimstone Retreats, 12 miles from the entrance. (Main article on lodging.)


Hunting licenses or special use permits are required in the North Cumberland WMA.

Hunting License: $34 residents* | $214.50 non-residents 7-day, $305 non-residents annual
WMA Permit: $25 (required for residents in addition to hunting license)

High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit: $15.50 resident daily, $74 resident annual | $37.50 non-resident daily, $233 non-resident annual**
*Appropriate supplemental tags are also required for WMA hunting.
**Required unless a hunting license and WMA permit is purchased.

Purchase a permit:
Click here or call 888-814-8972. Or see a list of places to purchase permits in Scott County.