Cherokee National Forest
From the scenic Appalachian Mountains to whitewater, discover your next destination on the Cherokee National Forest.
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.
Bear season is upon us! That means more bear sightings during hikes, and especially at camp sites. Knowing how to act in the presence of a black bear, and how to keep them away is crucial.
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Rainy season is among us so that means that some trails and some Forest roads will become slippery. We are working to get some of our roads in better conditions, but until that happens, please be careful when you are outdoors recreating.
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
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