Cheoah Ranger District

Mountain view from Cherohala Skyway

The Cheoah Ranger District has 120,500 acres in Graham and Swain Counties. These lands surround four large mountain reservoirs and contain numerous streams. Fishing, boating, whitewater rafting, hunting, hiking, and viewing fall colors are some popular activities. From the Cherohala Skyway, you can enjoy mountain vistas. The Appalachian Trail and other trails make up a network of some 320 miles that cross the district. The district offers trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers, short-distance hikers, and backpackers. Several lakeside, streamside, and scenic developed campgrounds, and picnic areas provide a variety of outdoor experiences.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: There has been an increase in bear activity in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness area. The specific area where this activity has occurred is at Bob Bald. Trails that access Bob Bald include: 
  • Haoe Lead Trail TR53
  • Stratton Bald Trail TR54
  • Bob Bald Connector Trail TR54A
  • Portions of the Benton MacKaye Trail TR2-02
No injuries have been reported. Encounters include bears attempting to steal food and camping gear.  For more information click here.
Closest Towns: Robbinsville

General Information

Directions: The District office is located on NC 143, 2.7 miles north of Robbinsville.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

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Group Camping

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Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Cabin Rentals

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Day Hiking

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Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Group Picnicking

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