Motor Vehicle Use Maps

The motor vehicle use map for the Cherokee National Forest is available free of charge at USDA Forest Service offices in Cleveland, Greeneville, Benton, and Tellico Plains, and Unicoi, Tennessee.

The motor vehicle use map is a black and white map that displays only the roads and trails open to motor vehicles. People looking for  recreational opportunities should use other national forest maps, such as the forest visitor map, wilderness maps, or the trail guide, that show motorized and non-motorized roads and trails (hiking, biking, horse) as well as recreation sites. These maps show a much greater range of information than shown on the motor vehicle maps.

There are four, large (48x36 inches), flat sheets. Each sheet covers one of our four administrative districts.

All of these files require Adobe Reader for viewing.



In compliance with the November 2005 USDA Final Rule for Motorized Vehicle Recreation in National Forests and Grasslands, each national forest is required to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use. Some national forests, including the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, have already established systems of roads and trails designated and managed for motorized use. The new rule does not require those units to change existing plans. However, all national forests are required to publish a motor vehicle use map and make it available to the public.

The map is legal documentation displaying the roads and trails that are open to public motor vehicle use. If a road or trail does not appear on the map it means that it is not open to public vehicular use. The map will be reviewed and updated annually.

There are no changes to where motorized vehicles are permitted in the Cherokee National Forest – no open roads have been closed & no closed roads have been opened as a result of the rule requiring the maps.