Cherokee National Forest

Cherokee National Forest

South Cherokee Destinations

Ocoee Scenic Byway
U.S. Highway 64 and Forest Road #77, is the first designated national forest scenic byway in the nation. The 26-mile, two lane route winds past Parksville Lake, through the scenic rocky bluffs of the Ocoee River gorge and past the Ocoee Whitewater Center, the site of the 1996 Olympic Canoe/Kayak Slalom competition. Part of the byway is a side trip up Forest Road 77 to Chilhowee Mountain. This a steady 3-mile climb with views that change from tunnel-like corridors to magnificent vistas. Numerous overlooks offer views of the Tennessee Valley, the Cumberland Mountains and into the mountains of Georgia, as well as picnic tables and short hiking trails. Chilhowee Recreation Area sits at the end of the road, with 88 camp sites, several trails and a swimming beach.

Cherohala Skyway (also known as Overhill Skyway)
This is the latest addition to the beautiful drives in the southeastern United States. View some of the best mountain scenery in the work from this 43-mile national scenic byway. Connecting Tellico Plains, TN, and Robbinsville, NC, the route climbs over 4,500 feet in elevation through Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. Travelers can see classic Southern Appalachian scenery along each mile - from the sparkling rush of Tellico River to expansive view of the Tennessee Valley to waves and waves of mountain peaks, including nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Indian Boundary and Horse Cove campgrounds are close to each end of the skyway.

Tellico River Road
U.S. Highway 165 to Forest Road 210, follows the Tellico River up to Bald River Falls, where you can view the falls or hike to the top for a picnic. The Pheasant Fields Fish Rearing Pools are at the end of Forest Road 210.

State Route 68
An easy tour of the Appalachian countryside, passes through Coker Creek, Turtletown and Dogtown. You will catch glimpses of Little Frog and Wauchesi Mountains and Hiwassee State Scenic river. Take a picnic and view the panoramic countryside from Buck Bald, a former firetower site off Forest road 311 on Forest Road 198. For a loop, take U.S. Highway 64 in Ducktown to TN State Route 68 to Tellico Plains, to County Road 39 to County Road 310 to Etowah, to U.S. Highway 411, that leads back to U.S. Highway 64.

Hiwassee River Road
TN State Route 30 to Forest Road 108. Sun-dappled forests surround TN 30 as it follows Hiwassee River to Reliance. Cross the bridge and turn east. Take Forest Road 108 to climb the mountain to Big Bend and Apalachia Powerhouse. Pack a picnic and enjoy the views from Hood Mountain overlook and other spectacular sites along the corridor. Stop to stretch your legs or spend the day on John Muir Trail #152. From Reliance, SR 30 continues through the community of Greasy Creek to US 64, Ocoee Scenic Byway.