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. 


Outdoor Spring-Summer Safety Tips 2015

Each year approximately 2 million people visit the 656,000 acre Cherokee Na-tional Forest. This area offers a variety of recreation opportunities from hiking, hunting and camping to fish-ing, picnicking and moun-tain biking.

To ensure that your visit to the great outdoors is enjoy-able and memorable always put safety first!

Forest Service Announces Genseng Permit Process for 2015

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CLEVELAND, TENN (June 29, 2015) - U.S. Forest Service officials announced that the period for applying for 2015 ginseng permits for the Cherokee National Forest will be August 3 –August 28.  A random permit drawing will be held to determine who may purchase a ginseng harvesting permit. Ginseng collecting is limited because of concerns for overall reductions in wild ginseng population numbers throughout its natural range...permit process  Ginseng Information

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Cherokee Hotshots

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The Cherokee Hotshots are a highly trained Type One Wildland Fire Suppression crew that is hosted by the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee.