AT Trailheads & Access Points Reopen

Cleveland, TN, May 21, 2020 ––The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia will participate in the coordinated reopening. 

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.

2019 Cherokee NF Prescribed Fire Information

CLEVELAND, TENN - February 26, 2019--USDA Forest Service officials say prescribed (controlled) fire is a useful tool for managing national forest land.  The Forest Service plans to prescribe burn over 20,000 acres throughout the 656,000 acre Cherokee National Forest during 2019.  A significant portion of the prescribed burning is planned for early spring.

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