printed-map-coverTwelve outdoor organizations in Tennessee and North Carolina have published a free paper map revealing hundreds of public recreation opportunities in the breathtaking hills, valleys, and mountains that border those two states. This map shows area travelers how to access millions of acres of parks, forests, and other public lands, including the major roads that connect them. Details are included about popular campgrounds, water features, and other outdoor amenities. Note that a printed paper map is very useful for traveling in the mountainous areas where smartphones signals and other wireless navigation may not always be available.

The map can be obtained in all of the follow:

1. Online: Click here to view the map online. To view related text and photos, click here.

2. In Person: The paper maps can be found at welcome centers throughout east Tennessee and western North Carolina. Welcome centers and visitor centers can be found in the following locations:

  • National Parks (such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • National Forests (such as Cherokee National Forest or Pisgah National Forest)
  • State Parks (such as Mt. Mitchell State Park or Frozen Head State Park)
  • Interstate Welcome Centers (usually located on or near a state border)
  • Along scenic byways (such as the Blue Ridge Parkway or Cherohala Skyway)
  • Also, the map is available at some local tourism and visitor bureaus within the areas shown on the map.

3. Through the mail: Individual copies of the map may be ordered by clicking here .


This Land is Your Land
The public lands included on this map are some of America’s most scenic and natural areas. This map provides a general overview of a large area and this is primarily a driving map rather than a hiking map. To obtain detailed maps of individual parks or forests, please contact the specific agency (below).

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

The following non-profit groups are advocates for public lands shown on this map and they welcome your support:

Partners of Cherokee National Forest

Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

Great Smoky Mountains Association

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation