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.

Recent News


Features

Spring Wild Turkey Season - Cherokee National Forest

To many outdoor enthusiasts spring is their favor-ite time of year. Not just because it is a beautiful time of year, but because that is when wild turkey season begins in the 659,000 acre Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee.


Don't Move Firewood

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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

Cherokee National Forest Fall-Winter Outdoor Safety Tips

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

2020 Ginseng Collecting

Ginseng is a native plant of Tennessee growing mostly in cool, moist mountain forests.  Ginseng is highly prized for its large, fleshy roots believed to have medicinal value.

 




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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Buck Branch Project - Tellico Ranger District Link opens in a Pdf Document

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee/