If you have driven through Tennessee to get to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you have probably driven through the Cherokee National Forest (CNF). Containing more than 650,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is separated by the GSMNP into two halves. Both halves follow the state border that Tennessee shares with North Carolina. The northern half of the CNF extends to the Virginia line to the border of the GSMNP. In the same way the southern portion extends from the Georgia state line to the GSMNP.
Both sections of the CNF provide excellent and exciting opportunities for recreation and adventure in the Southern Appalachians. Fishing, hiking, camping and boating are only a few activities that you can take advantage of in the CNF.
In the northern half of the Cherokee National Forest you will find:
- Trout Fishing – some of the streams and river sin the CNF are stocked streams and provide some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the Smoky Mountain area. Along with trout you will find bass, crappie and bluegill fishing that is beyond compare.
- Boating & Watersports – from sailing to skiing, the CNF is full of chance to get in the water and have a good time.
- Hiking – Of course the most famous trail in the CNF is the Appalachian Trail. Add to that countless other trails criss-cross the mountain terrain.
- Camping – whether you prefer a tent or an RV, the Cherokee National Forest has a camp ground to suit your taste.
And remember, your tax dollars go to support this area. The national forest in the US are a treasure that we need to enjoy and support. Go explore the Cherokee National Forest, and some of the towns that are contained in this great recreational area. In the Northern District of the CNF: Erwin, Johnson City and Elizabethton. To the south in the Southern District of the CNF: Etowah and Ocee. Spend some time in the CNF, have the vacation of your life in the great outdoors.