This past fall, visitors to the Southern Appalachians in North Carolina and Tennessee gained access to a unique resource to explore recreation areas on nearly 3,000,000 acres of public lands. The Cherokee National Forest asked the nonprofit PARTNERS of the Cherokee National Forest to reinvent and reprint a once-popular 15-year old recreation map that had fallen into disuse. The PARTNERS saw a larger opportunity. They organized a coalition of land management agencies, nonprofits and tourism departments, and they published a more user-friendly version of the map. The publication showcases recreational opportunities on federal and state lands and highlights scenic byways—all within the larger context of the Southern Appalachians.

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Outdoor Recreation map
A new map encourages travel to public recreation destinations in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.