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. 

Recent News


Outdoor Fall and Winter Safety 2014-15

Each year approximately 2 million people visit the 656,000 acre Cherokee National Forest. This area offers a variety of recreation opportunities from hiking, hunting and camping to fishing,  picnicking and mountain biking.

To ensure that your visit to the great outdoors is enjoyable and memorable always put safety first!  Before you participate in any outdoor activity think about the basic rules of safety that apply.

Partnerships in Action

Wal-Mart and Partners of CNF

Since 2006 Wal-Mart employees in east Tennessee and the Partners of the Cherokee National Forest (Partners) have been working closely with the US Forest Service to benefit the public and natural resources in the Cherokee National Forest.

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2015 Spring Wild Turkey Season

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To many outdoor enthusiasts spring is their favorite time of year. Not just because it is a beautiful time of year, but because that is when wild turkey season begins in the Cherokee National For...

2015 Kids Fishing Events

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Each “Kids Fishing Day” event is intended for families to enjoy the great outdoors together while trying their luck at catching fish. The following pages offer info about events.


Snorkeling In The Cherokee NF

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

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

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