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...

  • Be Bear Wise

    Black bear wandering in a field

    Ever heard of bear country? Bear country is any area where bears can be encountered and the forest is a main place to come into contact with them, especially at camp sites. Knowing how to act in the presence of a black bear, and how to keep them away is crucial.

  • Know Before You Go

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  • News & Events

    OWC picture in the fall by Libbi Lombardo



Ocoee-Hiwassee Ranger District Trail Crew Bulletin

Trail crew in front of Ocoee Ranger Station sign

We would like to take a moment to highlight our Ocoee Ranger District Trail Crew for their accomplishments in 2023. They worked tirelessly to make the district's trails and recreation areas beautiful and accessible to all our visitors. Are you wondering what kind of work they do? How does a trail crew benefit the district? Well, read on to find out the major projects they accomplished and more!

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Indian Youth Service Corps making a difference

UKB IYSC group at CNF summer 2023

This summer, individuals from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) came together as part of the Indian Youth Service Corps crew to contribute their efforts to preserve and maintain the beauty of the Cherokee National Forest. Their mission? To engage in various projects aimed at connecting with their ancestral homeland.

Read on to learn more about what the UKB Crew did during summer 2023 and how they contributed to their culture and our forest.

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