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.


Bald River Bridge Replacement Fact Sheet

Scioto Rifle Range Temporarily Closed

Seasonal Road Closure Reminder

Roads Public Service Announcement

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.


Prescribed Fire - Why, When and How

Applying Fire to the Forest: Prescribed (RX) fire is a useful tool for man-aging national forest lands. Approximately 20,000 acres are burned annually throughout the 650,000 acre Cherokee National Forest. Spring is the time of year when a significant portion of the prescribed burning is conducted.  More...

Fireworks Prohibited in Cherokee National Forest

Remember that fireworks are not allowed on national forest land at any time.  Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited (possessing or discharging) on all natiional grasslands and national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

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CNF Fall Winter Outdoor Safety Tips

To ensure that your visit to the great outdoors is enjoyable and memorable always put safety first!

2019 Ginseng Harvesting Fact Sheet

The 2019 Cherokee National Forest ginseng permitting and collecting process.  Read more...


Cherokee Hotshots

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The Cherokee Hotshots are a highly trained Type One Wildland Fire Suppression crew that is hosted by the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee.

Motor Vehicle Use Map

[Image] Sample Motor Vehicle Use Map Cover links to sample of a MVUM map.

The Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the Cherokee NF are available free of charge at USDA Forest Service offices in Cleveland, Greeneville, Benton, and Tellico Plains, and Unicoi, TN

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