One of the busiest weekends, Memorial Day, is just around the corner.
Terry Pierce, recreation staff officer for the Cherokee National Forest explained that, “Memorial Day typically marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation for many people.
“The majority of our recreation sites and campgrounds will be operating at or near full capacity during the holiday weekend, Pierce said. “This is an extremely busy time for us. For a more enjoyable visit we suggest visitors read and become familiar with all posted information, including various rules and regulations. Maps and general national forest information are available online and at ranger district offices.”
The Cherokee National Forest is home to 30 developed campgrounds, 45 day-use sites, and more than 600 miles of trails. There are a number of beaches, swimming areas and boat ramps for water enthusiasts. Two Forest Service Scenic Byways, the Ocoee and the Cherohala Skyway provide visitors with outstanding scenic beauty viewing opportunities.
Several whitewater rivers including the Nolichucky, Pigeon, Hiwassee and the Ocoee “Olympic River” flow through the Cherokee National Forest.
The Ocoee Whitewater Center, site of the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak competition, offers picnic sites, hiking and biking opportunities and provides a variety of regional information at the administration building.
Fishing is permitted in the national forest with the appropriate licenses and permits. For more information, please contact Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency by calling 1-800-262-6704 or 1-800-332-0900 or online at www.tnwildlife.org.
Additional information and maps are available at the Cherokee National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2800 Ocoee Street North, Cleveland, TN 37312, 423-476-9700.