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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site- This National Historic Site encompasses 16.5 acres in Greeneville, Tennessee, home of Andrew Johnson before and after he served as 17th President of the United States.
Cherokee National Forest- Cherokee National Forest lies in the mountains of southeastern Tennessee. It borders Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the north and south, comprising the largest tract of public land in the State.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park- Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park providing recreation for 10 million visitors each year. The area is estimated at 517,000 acres with an estimated 90% of the East's virgin forest land.
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail- The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men from Virginia, today's eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, site of the Kings Mountain National Military Park.

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Description - This section includes three federally administrated sites: Andrew Jackson National Monument, Great Smoky Mountain National Monument and Cherokee National Forest. All sites are within the Eastern Travel Region of Tennessee and provide a wide range of recreation opportunities.

The 633,000 acre Cherokee National Forest stretches along Tennessee's eastern border from Chattanooga to Bristol and lies in ten counties. Popular recreation activities on the Cherokee include hiking, camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking and hunting.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of American pioneer culture and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east.

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life and work of the Nation's 17th President and preserves his two homes, tailor shop and grave site. It is also home to the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.

Attractions - Although limited in quantity, Tennessee National Forests and Parks, provide quality natural, historical and cultural resources. These three properties are divers in subject, but each provides insight into the history of the United States.

Recreation - Camping, hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, horseback riding, paddling sports, off-road vehicle use and viewing historical sites are popular pursuits at these Federally administered properties.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.

Location - Each of these preserves is in the Eastern Travel Region of Tennessee.


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Tennessee - This southeastern state is comprised of vast woodlands, wide river valleys and Appalachian highlands. Nashville, the state capital, and Memphis are the two largest cities in the state.

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