Twelve outdoor organizations in Tennessee and North Carolina have joined together to publish a map showing public recreation opportunities along the border between the two states. The map can be viewed by clicking HERE. Related recreation information can be viewed here.

This free map gives area travelers an overview of major roads which lead through millions of acres of parks, forests, and other public lands. The guide includes a detailed inventory of the most popular campgrounds, water features, and other outdoor destinations.

The publication of this map coincides with the arrival of spectacular fall colors in the southern Appalachian Mountains in early October. Printed maps are very helpful in mountainous areas where wireless service may not always be available.

The maps can be found at welcome centers throughout east Tennessee and western North Carolina. Welcome centers are located in national and state parks, in national forests, on interstates, and on scenic drives such as the Blue Ridge Parkway. The paper map cannot be ordered by mail or online at this time.

NOTE: This map is intended to provide a general overview of a large area. To obtain a detailed map of an individual park or forest, please contact the specific agency.

Below are links of general interest to the public:

National Park Service

U.S. Forest Service

Tennessee State Parks

North Carolina State Parks

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Visit North Carolina

Non-profit groups affiliated with this map

Partners of Cherokee National Forest

Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

Great Smoky Mountains Association

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation