Paint Creek Corridor

Picnicking and many other recreation opportunities are available along scenic Paint Creek Corridor. Forest Road #41 parallels Paint Creek five miles between Paint Creek Campground and the French Broad River. Driving for pleasure is one of the most popular activities along the corridor, though bicycling is becoming increasingly more common. Paint Creek is stocked with trout during the summer months, and fly fishing is another favorite activity. Along the corridor, you’ll also find overlooks to observe Kelly and Dudley Falls, a warm water fishing pond, hiking trails and opportunities for dispersed camping.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round.
Fees: There is no fee for dispersed camping or day use within the Paint Creek Corridor.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Dispersed camping along Paint Creek Corridor is permitted in designated sites only. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Paint Creek Corridor.
Closest Towns: Greeneville, TN
Restroom: Vault Toilets

General Information


From Greeneville, take TN 70 south for 11.2 miles. Turn right on Rollins Chapel Rd. and follow signs to Paint Creek Campground, then turn right onto Forest Road #41 (Paint Creek Road). From Newport, turn left on TN 107, and travel 10.1 miles. Turn right at Rollins Chapel Road and follow signs to Paint Creek Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

Recreation areas with activity Road Cycling:

A popular ride starts at Paint Creek Campground and follows Paint Creek Road FR 41 out to River Road and then on to Hot Springs, NC.  The one-way trip is approximately 12 miles.  

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Dispersed camping along Paint Creek Corridor is permitted in designated sites only.

River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Scenic Driving

Recreation areas with activity Scenic Driving:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2300 feet