Why Eastern Tennessee

Rocky Fork Tennessee
USFS
The Cherokee National Forest is 650,000 acres of wild lands, wildlife and wild adventures in eastern Tennessee.

Despite that it shares a border with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, much of the Cherokee National Forest is still unprotected. Logging and development continue to threaten this spectacular forest.

With hundreds of miles of trails and clean, cold streams, there are numerous reasons to protect the Cherokee National Forest. The forest provides critical habitat to black bears and native brook trout, among other wild creatures. 

But sprawling development and logging continue to threaten the interconnected wild landscapes in the Cherokee National Forest. These threats affect the spectacular recreation opportunities offered there, one of the main attractions of the forest.  Also at risk are the clean water and the wildlife habitat that the forest provides.

Permanently protecting wild lands in the forest is good for more than just the critters that live there.  It also benefits the communities surrounding these areas. These are some of the reasons that The Wilderness Society is working to protect this wild forest.

Helpful links

  • Cherokee National Forest:

www.fs.usda.gov/main/cherokee/home