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part ofCherokee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 08 2015   Season Dates


Indian Boundary Recreation Area is the crown jewel of the South Zone of the Cherokee National Forest on the Tellico Ranger District. This family-oriented campground offers a swim beach and picnic area with grills and an accessible picnic pavilion, as well as a fantastic, 3.2-mile hiking and biking trail around the lake. Spectacular mountain views, glimpses of wildlife, and a peaceful setting await visitors who come to Indian Boundary.

Natural Features:

Indian Boundary Lake covers 96 acres at an elevation of 1,560 feet, and sits among hardwoods and pines. At the lake, visitors enjoy watching beaver that inhabit an adjacent pond, identifying several species of ducks and other waterfowl and trying their luck at catching bass, sunfish and catfish.

The Cherokee National Forest is located in eastern Tennessee and stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 650,000-acre swath of land is Tennessee's only national forest. It lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachians and is home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals, as well as many rivers, creeks and lakes. Elevations range from 750 to 5,500 feet.


Opportunities abound for fishing, swimming, boating, wildlife viewing and scenic driving. Other popular activities include hiking and biking the trail around Indian Boundary Lake.

The recreation area contains a swim beach, boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic area and volleyball court.


The 87-site campground has electric hookups, water faucets throughout the campground, grills, picnic tables and lantern posts. Modern restrooms add to the comfort of visitors in this natural setting.

An on-site campground store sells bread, ice, milk, ice cream and other camping supplies.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is two miles off the Cherohala Skyway, a 43-mile National Scenic Byway that stretches from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Bike Trail
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball Courts
Know Before You Go
  • Main gate to campground closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Late arrivals may walk in or camp in the adjacent Overflow Campground. Gate opened for emergencies only.
  • This is bear country; food storage restrictions apply; all food, trash and beverages must be stored properly at all times inside a bear-proof container
  • Campground road is designed for vehicles up to 26 feet in length; any damage caused by larger vehicles may result in a fine
  • Please fill your RV at the dump station before you enter the campground
  • The hydrant that was beside Site 57 has been removed and a new hydrant is located near Site 55; sites 73 and 74 are 250 feet from the nearest hydrant
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Please do not call the Indian Boundary Outpost for information or reservations; they are a private concessionaire.
  • Click here for more information on the Cherokee National Forest

Due to the infestation of the Emerald ash borer, Asian long-horned beetle, and Sirex woodwasp, Monroe County is quarantined. You can bring firewood, but you are not allowed to take it out of Monroe County. If you do not live in Monroe County, you must leave your wood. This will assist in spreading these insects to counties that are not infested.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.40167, -84.10722
35°24'6"N, 84°6'26"W

From I-75 at Sweetwater, Tennessee, take State Route 68 to Tellico Plains.

From Highway 68 in Tellico Plains, take Highway 165 (Cherohala Skyway) east for 16 miles. Turn left onto Forest Development Road 345 and travel 2 miles to the entrance.

Contact Information:

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Phone Number:

Project Office: (423)253-8400
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