Adventure Awaits


“Few places in the world equal the biodiversity of streams in the southeastern United States.” 

Located in the vast Cherokee National Forest is the Citico Creek Wilderness Area and Citico Creek.  This cold water creek's waters flow from the Unaka mountains to form an ideal habitat for aquatic life, including fish, turtles, salamanders, mussels, snails, and more.  In some places, up to 45 species may be found in the rocky pools and free flowing waters.

Snorkeling groups that are very educational for the Citico Creek area are available.  Programs for groups of 12 to 24 snorkelers may be scheduled through the Ocoee Whitewater Center (423-496-0100). One meeting location is the Young Branch Wrangler Camp on Citico Road.  This location is subject to change.

Check out my story about snorkeling in Citico Creek here.


With several thousand acres of wilderness in Citico Creek, this area provides ample opportunity for solitude and backcountry experiences. Catch both native and stocked trout in Citico Creek and its rugged tributaries, and fish for small-mouth bass and catfish in the creek's lower reaches.

Smoky Mountain Kayaking

Touring-style kayaking has found an ideal habitat on the lakes of east Tennessee, and while not the only way to experience the area's lakes, kayaking is without a doubt one of the best. Visit to learn more.

A flat water kayak trip up the mouth of Citico Creek - October 2013. HD where available. Music - When We Could - John Lemke

The sequoyah birthplace museum

A property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians which promotes the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of the Sequoyah. Visit to learn more.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

Ft. Loudoun was a British colonial fort in present-day Vonore, TN.  Learn about the French & Indian War by visiting this gorgeous state park. Visit to learn more.

Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is one of most popular National Scenic Byways in North America and winds through the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee from Tellico Plains, TN to Robbinsville, NC. Visit to learn more.

The Lost Sea

Stroll through an 18th century village, explore huge fascinating caverns, then float across America’s largest underground lake! Visit to learn more.

Sweetwater Valley Farms Cheese

Please plan to stop by our farm store and see where our fine cheeses are made. You may also want to go on one of our farm tours. On days that the weather permits, we will take you on a walking tour to see our dairy and tell you about the process from cows to cheese. Visit to learn more.

Mayfield Dairy

Free tours to see milk being processed and ice cream being made. Visit to learn more.

Ocoee Outdoors

Our guided Ocoee River whitewater rafting trips will be one of those adventures you will never forget!! The beautiful Ocoee River with its many white water areas is challenging, and a great trip for the family. With 35 years of white water rafting we know the Ocoee River like the back of our hand, as well as the best places on the river in Tennessee. Visit to learn more.

Tsali Notch Vineyard & Winery

Surrounded by majestic mountain views of the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains,  in the foothills outside Madisonville, Tennessee, Tsali Notch is a vineyard and tasting room specializing in wines, juices and other artisanal products from the Muscadine, “America's wild grape™,” indigenous to the Southeastern United States. Tsali Notch is also a very popular venue for rustic yet refined events. Tsali Notch is located at 140 Harrison Road, Madisonville, TN 37354. Their phone number is (423) 506-9895. Learn more at