DescriptionIn eastern Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is divided into two sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 650,000 acres of thickly forested, mountainous terrain are punctuated by deep river gorges, streams and waterfalls. Dominant tree species are pine, hemlock, poplar and oak.
There are more than 200 recreational sites, 12 of which offer boating. More than 600 miles of trails, including the Appalachian Trail, traverse the forest. Activities and facilities include swimming, hiking, camping, horseback riding, interpretive trails, picnicking and wildlife viewing. White-water raft trips on the Ocoee River are offered by rafting operators based in Benton, Ducktown and Ocoee.
The Cherohala Skyway (SR 165), or Overhill Skyway, about 40 miles long, runs from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, east into Robbinsville, North Carolina. Following portions of what was once a Cherokee Indian trading route, the road meanders past the Tellico River and Bald River Falls, over rolling hills and through the Cherokee and Nantahala national forests. The road passes several scenic viewpoints.
For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor, Cherokee National Forest, 2800 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37312; phone (423) 476-9700.
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