About the Outdoor Recreation Map

Twelve outdoor organizations in Tennessee and North Carolina published a paper map detailing hundreds of public recreation opportunities that lie near the border between those two states.

The map shows visitors how to access millions of acres of parks, forests, and other public lands using the primary roads that connect them. Information is included about popular campgrounds, hiking trails, and other outdoor amenities.

Note that a printed paper map can be relied upon in mountainous areas where smart device signals are not available.

Publication of this map is made possible, in part, by funding received through the Volkswagen Community Grant Program by Volkswagen of America, Incorporated, administered by The Conservation Fund.

Outdoor Recreation Map in hand

The map can be obtained in the following ways:

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 is primarily a driving map. It provides a general overview of a large area. It should not be used as a hiking map. To obtain detailed maps of individual parks or forests, please contact the appropriate agencies below:


For information about attractions and accommodations in local communities, please contact the following:

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