Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

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The Cherokee National Forest is a large National Forest created on June 14, 1920 and managed by the U.S. Forest Service and encompassing some 655598acre.LocationThe Cherokee National Forest headquarters are located in Cleveland, Tennessee.The Cherokee National Forest mostly lies within eastern Tennessee, along the border with North Carolina, and comprises nearly the entire border area except for the section within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Cherokee National Forest has two separate sections: a northern region directly north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a southern section directly south of the Smokies.The Cherokee National Forest contains such notable sites as the Ocoee River (site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events); 150 miles (240 km) of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Citico Creek Wilderness; Big Frog Mountain within Big Frog Wilderness, and surrounds both the Tennessee Valley Authority Watauga Reservoir and Wilbur Reservoir.
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  • Wife and I left Cleveland and went thru the Forest headed eventually to the Asheville area to visit friends. Was not disappointed, they are part of The Unicoi Mountains, always thought they were part ...  more »
  • We had spring break trip passed Cherokee national forecast. The park is beautiful. With huge lakes and beautiful views. water is clear, kids played with sand and rocks. Lots of fun.  more »
  • I just love this area. Gorges and valleys hugging the Ocoee River. Seemingly I endless beauty. Also, excellent whitewater rafting in the area and amazing roads for spirited driving.  more »
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  • Always a beautiful place to go!! No matter what the season. There is beauty in the Cherokee National Forest. A nice drive on a gravel road to enjoy the scenery. You might even see some wildlife!! It's a great place to hike. There are many breathtaking waterfalls. Camping is amazing here. Very secluded. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy views.
  • I love the Smoky mountains! And always treasure & enjoy whenever I get to visit and spend time there. I was at the old hot springs resort on the French broad river-apparently one of the oldest rivers on earth... delightful & gorgeous spot I had never visited before!
  • I really like the changes that is being made at David Crockett Park in Limestone TN. Very authentic. I am anxious to see what changes will be made on 2018.... Good Job management team...... 🎉🎇🎇
  • We drove from Boone NC to Roam Mountain State Park and it was snowing and foggy, but still beautiful and worth the drive. They have an interactive museum which is a nice 15 or 20 minute diversion with clean bathrooms and friendly staff. Definitely going back!
  • Beautiful national forest along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. Many beautiful sights and lots of good hiking trails. The Roan mountain area is especially beautiful in the spring the the flame azaleas and rhododendrons are on bloom. The Max Patch area is also great with beautiful views.

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