Cherokee National Forest

Forest Overview

Resting in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, the Cherokee National Forest is located in one of the world's most diverse areas. These mountains are home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals. The Cherokee spans 640,000 acres in extreme eastern Tennessee, along the North Carolina border.

The forest’s majestic slopes, tumbling streams, and diverse vegetation provide habitat to abundant wildlife, as well as a multitude of diverse recreational activities for visitors.

What We Are Doing

The southern pine beetle is the most damaging insect killer of pine trees in the southeastern United States. In Tennessee alone, more than 400,000 acres of pine forest have been killed, including extensive damage in the Cherokee National Forest that has destroyed wildlife habitat and increased the risk of forest fires.

By planting more than 25,000 shortleaf pine and pitch pine trees, we are helping to restore natural native pine communities, add critical wildlife habitat and beauty to the forest, prevent soil erosion, and create healthy stands of pine trees that are more resistant to the southern pine beetle.

You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.

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