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Chilhowee Recreation Area

Map of TRACK Trail through Chilhowee Recreation Area

The Chilhowee Recreation Area TRACK Trail, located in the Cherokee National Forest, combines two trails that loop around McKamy Lake and through old growth forest. Combine the 0.6 mile McKamy Lake Trail and the 0.4 mile Forest Walk Trail into a 1 mile discovery-packed adventure!

Along the trail, hikers will discover a variety of trees and animals native to Cherokee National Forest. After completing the activities in an assortment of self-guided brochures, hikers have the opportunity to swim at the beach or canoe around the lake. In addition to the TRACK Trail, there are over 25 miles of trails in the area plus many roadside overlooks highlighting the beautiful mountain scenery. However you decide to spend your day at Chilhowee Recreation Area, you are sure to have a fun and exciting day in nature.

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Chilhowee

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant:
Seasonality:
Stairs leading down to the lake
TRACK Trail sign with brochures
Paved path along lake
Mountains reflecting in lake
Gravel path through the woods
Dirt trail through the forest
Trailhead sign by the trail

Adventures for Chilhowee Recreation Area

Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.00
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to frog hops, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.00
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Hiking

Hikin' to Find Lichen

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.00
This brochure-led adventure takes kids deep into the mysterious world of lichen. Kids will discover the three different forms lichen can take, and some of the features that make the lichen lifestyle unique. Kids will also read the Lichen story about Alice Algae and Freddy Fungi to help them remember how lichens work.
Hiking

Types of Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.00
It’s easy to get confused with the various types of trees that can be found in the forest. Use this guide to identify and learn about a few of the common types of trees in the area.

Directions

Oswald Rd
Benton, TN 37307
Latitude: 35.150704000000
Longitude: -84.607085000000

From Highway 64/411 intersection travel east 7 miles, turn onto Forest Road 77, drive 7.5 miles to campground/recreation area entrance sign and turn right.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Chilhowee Recreation Area TRACK trail is made possible by the generous support of the Partners of the Cherokee National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest.