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