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French Broad River Area

View of Paint Creek in Cherokee National Forest

This area’s wooded mountainsides and creek gorges are linked by an extensive road and trail system.  Activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, creek play and camping. 

At Paint Creek, camping, fishing, swimming and picnicking are popular activities.  Other water-based opportunities include driving along scenic Brush Creek or exploring warm-water Allen Branch or Paint Creek ponds.  Enjoy the scenery from horseback on 35 miles of multi-use trails, also open to mountain bikers and hikers.  The Appalachian Scenic Trail lies along the eastern edge of this area.