National Forest & Wilderness Areas
Nantahala National Forest. This beautiful, pristine forest comprises a third of the total land mass within Cherokee County .Portions of the national forest are set aside for camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and various other recreational purposes. For further information contact the local U.S. Forest Service district office (Tusquitee) in Murphy 704-837-5152.
Cherokee National Forest. Adjoining Nantahala with 652,000acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest offers dozens of exciting and relaxing recreational opportunities. Among many activities enjoyed by thousands each year are camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming, and boating on Parksville Lake. The Cherokee National Forest's Scenic Byway,the first scenic byway designated in the nation, winds along Parksville Lake, the Ocoee River, mountain tops overlooking the Chilhowee Recreational area and more breathtaking scenes.
Information is available on mountain biking, horseback riding, and jeep and hiking trails from the U.S. Forest Service.