Backpacking

View of Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Cherokee National Forest

Trek from one end of Cherokee National Forest to the other following the white blazes of Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) and Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).  Together these two trails form a continuous way through Cherokee National Forest and adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

Several backpacking section hikes or loop hikes can be created by by using networks of backcountry trails that encompass sections of the AT or BMT.


Backpacking Areas

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Iron Mountains area description
  • Chestoa Recreation Area
Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cherokee/recreation/hiking/?recid=34864&actid=51