Tellico River Area

View of Bald River Falls in Cherokee National Forests

This area provides outstanding opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, and scenic driving.  It is also home to the popular Indian Boundary Recreation Area and the Cherohala Skyway.

Nearly 30,000 acres of remote backcountry surround three rivers and their tributaries, where fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout is excellent. Cherohala Skyway (TN 165/NC143), a 43-mile National Scenic Byway, winds between Tellico Plains, Tenn. and Robbinsville, N.C. Tellico River Road (FR 210) offers intimate views of the river and 90-foot Bald River Falls.

Spend the night at the historic Donley Cabin and check out CCC structures at Tellico Ranger Station and Dam Creek Picnic Area. Hike across the area on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Camp at sites along Tellico River or in Indian Boundary Recreation Area just off Cherohala Skyway.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Tellico Plains, TN.  Visit the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce HERE.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

The 3.6 mile trail around Indian Boundary Lake offers an easy mountain biking experience.

Areas for Mountain Biking at Tellico River Area

Road Cycling

Areas for Road Cycling at Tellico River Area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Tellico River Area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Tellico River Area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Tellico River Area

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is allowed at several designated sites along the North River Corridor.  There are no services or facilities provided at dispersed camping sites.  You must pack it in and pack it out.

Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Tellico River Area

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Tellico River Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Tellico River Area

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Tellico River Area

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Tellico River Area

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Tellico River Area

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Tellico River Area

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Tellico River Area


Areas for Swimming at Tellico River Area

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