For those seeking outdoor adventure you are going to love the Cherokee National Forest. Twenty-six percent of Johnson County or a total of 49,512 acres is in the Cherokee National Forest. The forest provides great recreation as well as timber for the lumber industry.
The Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee’s only national forest, stretches along the state’s eastern border. In 1911 the land that comprises the forest was bought from private owners. Prior to the time of purchase, most of the land had been logged. The Tennessee Wildlife Agency replanted the trees and today features plenty of mature timber.
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Excellent hunting and fishing may also be found in the forest. Approximately 262 species of birds, 140 species of fish, 32 species of amphibians, 23 species of reptiles, and 70 mammal species make the Cherokee National Forest their home.