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Cherokee National Forest

Townsend, TN
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Ranked #9 of 19 attractions in Townsend
Type: Forests, National Parks
Activities: Hiking
Description: Breathtakingly beautiful mountainous forest: great for hiking.
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I loved driving through the Cherokee National Forest. Nature at it's best! We rode our bikes and it was a very pleasant drive. There are plenty of places to stop and take pictures - which we did!

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London, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Traffic in Gatlinburg was very heavy so we spent most of our time in Pigeon Forge. We drove to Cherokee and stopped and hiked to Clingmans Dome. What a Sight. We ate at the Old Mill and the Apple barn and enjoyed the food and buildings.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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194 reviews 194 reviews
88 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Great area to drive and or hike through. Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel in the Spring and spectacular Fall color. It is a good place to cool off in the Summer. Coming from Florida I really appreciate the mountains.

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Hammock near a river
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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Cherokee Forest offers many trails for hiking and riding bikes. Rivers abound including the Ocoee River where novices can enjoy commercial rafting trips with one of many companies. The Whitewater Center is sure to entertain Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor day as rafts challenge the Olympic course and occasionally fail the test. Great fun watching raft guides... More

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California, Kentucky
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We rode our Harley's down into Cherokee and loved it!! Stopped in the Medicine Man crafts and bought local Cherokee 100% Authentic gifts. The only place I shop while I'm there.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to venture into the National forest. The views are tremendous and will be a regular part of my visits to Gatlinburg.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We drove through the park in the late afternoon on our way to Sevierville. Nice cut through there to Sevierville using Wear Valley Road. Lots of scenery with the mountains and the river. It appeared that Townsend had added more stores and hotel accommadations.

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Hamler, Oh
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157 reviews 157 reviews
12 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you love the wilderness you will love it here - and be sure to visit the Townsquare Cafe and Bakery. 16 years of great food.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
30 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I've hunted and camped Cherokee for years - if you want to get in the wilderness and enjoy nature, this is your place. The woods in the fall are majestic; the green in the spring is magical. The fishing in the Citico River is some of the best in Tennessee or North Carolina, and it is easy to just get... More

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Sweetwater, Tn
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

If you love the outdoors, you have to visit Cherokee National Forest. Forest ranges from southeast Tennessee to northeast Tennessee with many hiking trails, water falls and is also home to part of the AT. Check out Monroe County and Tellico Plains for many trails and the Cherola Skyway.

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