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Come Visit Us | Cocke County

Come Visit Us

Cocke County is uniquely placed in one of the most beautiful areas that one could imagine.  Within Cocke County lie the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail.  We are surrounded by three rivers that run throughout our county.  The Nolichucky, Pigeon, and French Broad rivers flow through our county helping to form Douglas Lake.

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. Most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to see a bear. Some 1,500 bears live in the park. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world’s temperate zone.

The Cherokee National Forest is located in Eastern Tennessee and stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee.  It lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, one of the world’s most diverse areas.  These mountains are home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals. Each year millions of people visit Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest.  It is a place of scenic beauty that provides opportunities for anyone interested in nature and history.
The Martha Sundquist State Forest “Gulf Tract” is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest on three sides and consists of one drainage system. The Forest is composed of mature mountain and cove hardwoods. A harvest rotation schedule was developed and followed closely by the previous owners and large streamside management zones, some as large as 80 acres, have been established. This tract is considered a wildlife management area and has special provisions for bear hunting. It will be used primarily for recreation, hunting, fishing, timber production, and demonstration.

The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937:

  • · Is a privately managed unit of the national park system.
  • · Is the nation’s longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,181 miles.
  • · Is the first completed national scenic trail, designated in 1968.
  • · Crosses six other units of the national park system.
  • · Traverses eight national forests.
  • · Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species at about 535 sites.
  • · Crosses numerous state and local forests and parks.
  • · Is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships.

Sources:
http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/about/index.shtml
http://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/forestry/stateforest14.html
http://www.appalachiantrail.org

Cocke County is a very convenient place to visit coming from nearly any direction.  I-40 and I-81 run through Cocke County making travel quick and easy.
We are minutes from attractions and shopping in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, and also Ashville, Cherokee, and Hot Springs, N.C.

Anytime you decide to stay with us in Cocke County you will have plenty of things to occupy your time in county such as White Water Rafting, Hiking the Applachian Trail, Driving through the Parkway, going camping in Cosby Campground or one of our many campgrounds.  Also we are surrounded by attractions like Nascar Speed Park, Ober Gatlinburg, Tanger Outlets, DollyWood Theme Park, Tyson-McGhee Airport, The Natural Hot Springs at Hot Springs, NC, Harrah’s Cherokee, and countless other places.