Cherokee National Forest

Adventure Beckons...

From the scenic Appalachian Mountains to whitewater, discover your next destination on the Cherokee National Forest.

Special Places

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. The forest is home to 30 developed campgrounds and numerous picnic areas, over 700 miles of trails, seven whitewater rivers, two Forest Service scenic byways where you can 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.

Adventure beckons...


Chats with JB - Bear Sense

Black bear wandering in the field. USDA photo by William Welch.

Hi everyone - JB here! Hope you’re doing well. Just thought we would have another little chat today. We had recently closed a campground because a bear got into a tent. He smelled food. Let’s talk about how to keep you safe and the bears too!

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Chats with JB!

smokey bear pointing at you saying

Well, hello there! Have you ever visited our Forest or maybe another? I certainly hope so. If not, consider this your invitation to enjoy our beautiful forest. Let me tell you a few things that you can do/enjoy on the Cherokee National Forest!

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