FOR WELCOME CENTER STAFF

Outdoor Recreation Maps are being sent to visitor-oriented organizations like yours throughout east Tennessee and western North Carolina. This map helps visitors find national parks, U.S. forests, state parks, and scenic byways in your area. These maps are provided to organizations like yours without any cost or obligation.

Why do visitors love this map?  No other publication combines so much information about driving, hiking, camping, and exploring this specific area. This region offers some of the most popular outdoor recreation lands in the nation. In many cases, these family-friendly sites can be used at little or no cost. When health is a concern, there are few places where social distancing is as safe and enjoyable as in the great outdoors.

Who is the map for?  It is designed specifically for individuals, families, and groups who are looking for leisurely or robust outdoor recreation. It is useful to anyone who is visiting, living in, or simply passing through this scenic 150 mile by 200 mile area.

What is on the map?  The map identifies the many parks, forests, lakes, and scenic roads, mountains, and valleys that make Tennessee and North Carolina the travel destinations for millions of visitors each year. The map’s broad overview works together with local maps, smart devices, and online resources to give travelers a complete picture of the area.

When will this map be most useful?  The map is perfect for trip planning, particularly on trips which will include multiple destinations. Once travelers are on the road, the map helps them discover interesting side trips along the way. Local residents can use it to plan short, spur-of-the moment adventures.

Where is the map available?  The map is available for a limited time in interstate welcome centers, national forests, national and state parks, and local visitor bureaus within east Tennessee and western North Carolina. Go to recreationlinks.org to view the map online. Information about ordering individual copies can be found there also.

How can Welcome Center staff use this map?  You can encourage visitors to use your local community as a “home base” for planning multiple trips to surrounding areas. Because it is general in nature, this publication can be combined with information about local attractions. Since it is a paper map, it is convenient to carry and it works well in locations where the reception for smart devices is questionable.

CREDIT: Publication of this map is made possible, in part, by funding received through the Volkswagen Community Grant Program by Volkswagen of America Inc. administered by The Conservation Fund. Cooperation was provided by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Visit NC.  

THIS MAP WAS SHIPPED by Partners of Cherokee National Forest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at P.O. Box 6674, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 /jinnes@partnersofcherokee.org. Other nonprofit partners include Great Smoky Mountains Association, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, FIND Outdoors, and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.

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Tips for using the map to attract visitors.

Five question survey.

Information about ordering maps.

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