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part ofCherokee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MCNABB CREEK GROUP Entrance View
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


McNabb Creek Group Campground is located on the North River in the Tellico River Zone. Fishing, swimming, hiking and hunting are popular activities.

Natural Features:

The campground sits along the North River, a major tributary of the Tellico River, in the Smokey Mountains of the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee.

Cherokee is Tennessee's only national forest, covering 650,000 acres from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The forest is 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.


The North River offers plenty of fishing and swimming opportunities. Visitors also enjoy hiking local trails and seasonal hunting.


The campground offers one group site that can accommodate from 10 to 60 people. It is equipped with picnic tables, grills and portable toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

The mountain town of Tellico Plains, less than 20 miles away, is known for its arts and crafts.

The campground is 18 miles off the Cherohala Skyway, a 43-mile National Scenic Byway stretching from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Area
  • Portable Toilets
  • River Access
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Pay Phone
Know Before You Go
  • Lock combination should be printed on your confirmation letter; gate must be locked at the end of your stay
  • This is bear country; all food and trash must be properly stored in a vehicle or hard-sided camper, unless being eaten or prepared, and disposed of in a bear-resistant trash receptacle; noncompliance can result in a $50 minimum fine
  • No water or electricity is available
  • Portable toilets will be available on an as-needed basis
  • Camping equipment cannot be left unattended the first night of reservation
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • No pack or saddle animals allowed
  • Firearms are prohibited except during legal hunting season
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Nearest phones are located about 3 miles away in Green Cove
  • Click here for more information on the Cherokee National Forest
  • 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):
35.32833, -84.12889
35°19'42"N, 84°7'44"W

From I-75 in Sweetwater, Tennessee, take State Route 68 to Tellico Plains. Turn left onto Highway 165 for 6 miles. Turn right onto Forest Development Road 210 (Tellico River Road) for 10 miles. Turn left onto 217 (North River Road). The camp is located 2 miles on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Project Office: (423)253-8400
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