printed-map-coverTwelve outdoor organizations in Tennessee and North Carolina have published a free paper map showing public recreation opportunities near the border between those two states. This map provides area travelers an overview of millions of acres of parks, forests, and other public lands and of the major roads that connect them. Also included are details about popular campgrounds, water features, and other outdoor destinations. Note that a printed paper map is very useful for traveling in the southern Appalachian Mountains because wireless navigation may not always be available.

The map is available to the public through all of the following sources:

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: The paper map can be ordered online and received via U.S. mail by clicking HERE. [Note: Ordering online requires a $2.50 fee for shipping and handling.]

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