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.

North Cherokee National Forest Seasonal Road Opening Schedule

UNICOI, TENN, March 1, 2018 – USDA Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest recently announced the annual schedule for opening some roads that are closed seasonally.  These roads are located in the northern portion of the Cherokee National Forest (Cherokee Wildlife Management Area) in Cocke, Greene, Washington, Unicoi, Carter, Sullivan and Johnson counties.  Click here for DELAYED OPENING NOTICE!

Don't Move 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

Snorkeling in the Cherokee National Forest

Everyone is welcome to visit the Cherokee National Forest to enjoy the clear, clean waters and view the abundant aquatic animals.  Individuals and non-commercial groups may go to any stream to snorkel.  Groups wanting an organized snorkeling experience led by knowledgeable guides with lifeguards present should contact the Forest.

Cherokee Nat'l Forest 2017 Round Up

 Highlights of a few of the many worthwhile projects and activities that took place in Cherokee National Forest during 2017.

First TRACK Trail in Tennessee

TRACK Trail is part of the Kids in Parks program to promote children’s health by increasing physical activities.  The Chilhowee TRACK Trail is a combination of the McKamy Lake Trail (0.6 miles) and the Forest Walk (0.4 miles), making a one-mile figure-eight trail that leads visitors around the site’s scenic lake and through native forest habitats.

Habitat Enhancement on Whigg Meadow

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Tennessee Wildlife Re-sources Agency (TWRA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville students along with the United States Forest Service (FS) all came together in the Cherokee National Forest for one reason -- the Carolina northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus)...see full article