The Cherokee National Forest is named after the Cherokee Native Americans who once occupied it. It is one of the world’s most diverse areas, and spans almost 700,000 acres, making it the largest tract of public land in Tennessee. With over 2,000 species of plants and animals, and more breath-taking views than you can possibly count, Cherokee National Forest is an ideal place for a summer vacation, where fast-paced living gets left firmly behind. So get ready to explore some incredible places when you visit the forest; Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Watauga Lake, Tellico River, Unaka Mountain, and Ocoee River are just some of the attractions on offer. The many trails lead to scenic overlooks that will make the exertion worthwhile! In the evening, return to one of the summer vacation rentals near Cherokee National Forest, and find out what it truly feels like to unwind and relax.