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part ofCherokee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Young Branch Campground is situated near Citico Creek and is a hub for the Little Citico Horse Trails. It is one of Cherokee National Forest's two horse campgrounds. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing and rafting.

Natural Features:

The campground is set in a densely wooded area about 100 yards from Citico Creek, within the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. The forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol, along the North Carolina border.

Cherokee is Tennessee's only national forest. It covers 650,000 acres 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.


Young Branch is situated near the Little Citico Horse Trails, a system of more than 15 miles of trails that mostly follow old Forest Service and logging roads, along ridgelines and over creeks.

Citico Creek offers plenty of fishing and rafting opportunities.


This primitive campground has seven accessible, equestrian campsites available for reservations. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, grill and lantern post. Vault toilets are provided. No water or electric hookups are available. Horses may drink from Citico Creek.

A corral and 25 horse stalls with feeding bins are provided. Horses must be kept in the corral, stalls or in trailers and are not permitted in campsites, tied to trees or in the grass. Manure must be placed in provided manure bins before departure.

Nearby Attractions:

Vonore, Tennessee is approximately 20 miles from the campground and makes for an interesting day trip for its rich Native American archeological history. The town contains the nearest telephone, gas and food.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Corrals
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horse Stalls
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Site Pads
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Campground is open only to campers with horses/livestock
  • If sites are not reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This is bear country; all food and trash must be properly stored in a bear proof container or in your vehicle unless you are preparing, eating or disposing of it; failure to comply could result in a citation
  • A maximum of 5 people and 5 horses allowed per site
  • One wheeled camper and two passenger vehicles allowed per site, or one horse trailer, one haul vehicle, one passenger vehicle and one wheeled camper per site
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Drinking water is not available
  • No hookups available
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Camping equipment cannot be left unattended the first night of reservation
  • 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):
35.48389, -84.12333
35°29'2"N, 84°7'24"W

From Vonore, Tennessee, take Highway 411 to Highway 360 South, then Highway 360 South for 7.2 miles to County Road 455. Continue on County Road 455 for 8.9 to Forest Developed Road 35. This is a single-lane gravel road. Take Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.

From Tellico Plains, Tennessee, drive east on Highway 165 for 1 mile. Turn left onto Highway 360 for 14 miles. Turn right onto County Road 455 and continue 8.9 miles to Forest Developed Road 35. Continue on Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.

Contact Information:

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Phone Number:

Project Office: (423)253-8400
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