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

 

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.

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.

Features

Spring Wild Turkey Season

Graphic of wild turkey in flight

To many outdoor enthusiasts spring is their favorite time of year. Not just because it is a beautiful time of year, but because that is when wild turkey season begins in the Cherokee National Forest  in east Tennessee.

What many consider the "King of American Game Birds", the wild turkey is very vocal during the spring breeding season...more


Don't Move Firewood

Graphic of firewood

Your Help is Needed:   Here's one simple way to combine your desire to protect the environment with your plans to have a great time outdoors -- don't move firewood from ... see full article


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Spotlights

National Visitor Use Monitoring Program

 Cherokee NF:  U.S. Forest Service officials are in the process of learning more about the number of people who visit the Cherokee National Forest and the wide variety of...

Applicants Sought for National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

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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