Current & Proposed Wilderness Areas

Cherokee National Forest Wilderness Areas

Southeast Tennessee – Third Congressional District
Area Acres Location Ranger District
Bald River Gorge 3,721 Monroe County Tellico
Citico Creek 16,226 Monroe County Tellico
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock 3,832 Monroe County Tellico
Big Frog 7,993 Polk County Ocoee
Cohutta 1,709 Polk County Ocoee
Gee Creek 2,493 Polk County Ocoee
Little Frog 4,666 Polk County Ocoee
Northeast Tennessee – First Congressional District
Area Acres Location Ranger District
Big Laurel Branch 6,332 Carter & Johnson Counties Watauga
Pond Mountain 6,890 Johnson County Watauga
Sampson Mountain 7,991 Washington & Unicoi Counties Unaka
Unaka Mountain 4,496 Unicoi County Unaka

Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2015 Proposed Areas

Southeast Tennessee – Third Congressional District
Area Acres Location Ranger District
Upper Bald River 9,038 Monroe County Tellico
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock 1,836 Monroe County Tellico
Big Frog 348 Polk County Ocoee
Little Frog 966 Polk County Ocoee
Northeast Tennessee – First Congressional District
Area Acres Location Ranger District
Big Laurel Branch 4,446 Carter & Johnson Counties Watauga
Sampson Mountain 2,922 Washington & Unicoi Counties Unaka

About 10% (66,349) of the Cherokee National Forest’s 655,598 total acres is currently designated wilderness. The Tennessee Wilderness Act proposes 19,556 additional acres of wilderness designation.