The Cherokee National Forest is located in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.
Where is this Forest?

 

Welcome to the Cherokee National Forest

 

The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation.  Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail. 

Begin planning your visit by selecting "Recreation" in the left menu. 

Cherokee National Forest Vicinity Map

Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee, the Cherokee National Forest is divided into northern and southern sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and adjoins other national forests in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. 

Vicinity map of Cherokee National Forest with legend.

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 Visitors come to explore the more than 600 miles of trails including 150 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, 7 whitewater rivers, 3 large lakes managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, 11 congressionally designated Wilderness areas, 30 developed campgrounds, 45 developed day-use sites and the abundant populations of wildlife.  The national forest provides habitat for 43 species of mammals, 154 species of fish, 55 species of amphibians and 262 species of birds. 

Enjoy your visit.  Please do your part to conserve these exceptional places.

Features

Temporary Road Closures in the Tellico Ranger District

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TELLICO PLAINS,TENN – March 20, 2014… Due to severe winter weather conditions, U.S. Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest say that in February they temporarily closed four roads in the Tellico Ranger District in Monroe County. Two of those roads, Wildcat and Bald River have been reopened. Closure of the remaining roads will remain in effect until weather and road conditions improve… more


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 1964-2014

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50 YEARS OF AMERICAN WILDERNESS: On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people....more


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Spotlights

Snorkeling In The Cherokee NF

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Guided snorkeling programs are designed for organized groups of 12-20 people, ages 12+.  Photos...

Resource Advisory Committee Members Sought

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The U.S. Forest Service is seeking individuals to serve on a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for the Cherokee National Forest...

 




Brook Trout Restoration

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In east Tennessee the Appalachian Mountain range has approximately 625 miles of cold water (trout) streams. Most of these...more

Volunteer Opportunities

40 Years Later, 2.5 Million Volunteers and 100 Million Service Hours Valued at $1.2 Billion


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