Tellico River Zone


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.

View of Bald River Falls in Cherokee National Forest

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.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Tellico Plains, TN.  Visit the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce HERE.

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Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Tellico River Zone

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is allowed at several designated sites along the North River Corridor.  There are no services or facilities provided at dispersed camping sites.  You must pack it in and pack it out.

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Tellico River Zone

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Tellico River Zone

Campground Camping

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Nature Viewing

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