Forest Supervisor's Office
2800 Ocoee Street N
Cleveland TN 37312
(423) 476-9721 (Fax) PLEASE NOTE: This is an information and administrative office located in Cleveland, TN and is not actually in the forest.
Recreational gold collection in the form of panning using non-mechanized equipment is allowed in various locations throughout the forest. Dredging is allowed in limited areas of the Coker Creek ...
Recreational gold collection in the form of panning using non-mechanized equipment is allowed in various locations throughout the forest. Dredging is allowed in limited areas of the Coker Creek and Tellico River Recreation Zones with certain restrictions. Please consult the Factsheet for specific information and regulations.
Heritage and culture experiences are the primary emphasis in this recreation zone. It is home to the nationally recognized Millennium Trail, The Unicoi Turnpike and gold panning opportunities.
Looking for a cultural heritage excursion? Pan for gold in the community of Coker Creek. Hike a portion of the Unicoi Turnpike, an ancient travel route once part of the Trail of Tears and now a nationally designated Flagship Millennium Trail. Visit the waterfalls in Coker Creek Scenic Area and drive along Hiwassee Scenic River on TN 68.
This zone provides outstanding opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, and scenic driving. It is also home to the popular Indian Boundary Recreation Area and the Cherohala Skyway.
Nearly 30,000 acres of remote backcountry surround three rivers and their tributaries, where fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout is excellent. Cherohala Skyway (TN 165/NC143), a 43-mile National Scenic Byway, winds between Tellico Plains, Tenn. and Robbinsville, N.C. Tellico River Road (FR 210) offers intimate views of the river and 90-foot Bald River Falls.
Spend the night at the historic Donley Cabin and check out CCC structures at Tellico Ranger Station and Dam Creek Picnic Area. Hike across the zone on Benton MacKaye Trail. Camp at sites along Tellico River or in Indian Boundary Recreation Area just off Cherohala Skyway.