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.

Temporary Area Closure Implemented

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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.

Recent News


2018 Cherokee NF Prescribed Fire Information

 USDA Forest Service officials say prescribed (controlled) fire is a useful tool for managing national forest land. Approximately 20,000 acres are scheduled for burning throughout the 650,000 acre Cherokee National Forest during 2018. A significant portion of the prescribed burning is planned for early spring.

Cherokee NF North Zone Seasonal Road Closure Reminder

 UNICOI, TNN, December 7, 2017 -- In September, U.S. Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest announced the annual schedule for opening and closing certain roads through May 17, 2018.  Forest Service officials offer a reminder that some roads will be closed December 18, 2017 as scheduled... more

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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



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