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

 

Maps & Publications

View of a Recreation Zone Map for Cherokee National Forest

A Google-based recreation map is available by choosing "Recreation" in the left menu.  This dynamic map will help you locate the wide range of recreation opportunities provided across the Cherokee National Forest.

There are several recreation related maps and publications that can be viewed and printed directly from this website.

Cherokee National Forest Journal (Third Edition, August 2010)

Campgrounds & Recreation Area Maps & Guides

Cardens Bluff Campground Map   Guide
Chilhowee Recreation Area (includes campground) Map   Guide
Indian Boundary Recreation Area (includes campground) Map   Guide
Rock Creek Recreation Area (includes campground) Map   Guide
Ocoee Whitewater Center Map   Guide

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

Motor Vehicle Use Maps show roads, trails, and other areas that are open to motorized vehicles. 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 map is black and white 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 in), flat sheets.  Each sheet covers one of our four administrative districts.

Southern Part of Cherokee NF:

Northern Part of Cherokee NF:

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.

Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers Corridor Management Plan

Several commercially available maps and publications can be purchased from Partners of the Cherokee National Forest, a supporting non-profit organization, or commercial vendors.

Ordering Maps from Partners of the Cherokee National Forest

Appalachian National Scenic Trail & Benton MacKaye Long Distance Trail

  • Appalachian Trail Maps
  • Benton MacKaye Guide
  • Benton MacKaye Data Book