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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Indian Boundary

Indian Boundary Recreation Area is the crown jewel of the South Zone of the Cherokee National Forest on the Tellico Ranger District. This family-oriented campground offers a swim beach and picnic area with grills and an accessible picnic pavilion, as well as a fantastic, 3.2-mile hiking and biking trail around the lake. Spectacular mountain views, glimpses of wildlife, and a peaceful setting await visitors who come to Indian Boundary.


Opportunities abound for fishing, swimming, boating, wildlife viewing and scenic driving. Other popular activities include hiking and biking the trail around Indian Boundary Lake.

The recreation area contains a swim beach, boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic area and volleyball court.


The 87-site campground has electric hookups, water faucets throughout the campground, grills, picnic tables and lantern posts. Modern restrooms add to the comfort of visitors in this natural setting.

An on-site campground store sells bread, ice, milk, ice cream and other camping supplies.

Indian Boundary Recreation Area Map 

Natural Features

Indian Boundary Lake covers 96 acres at an elevation of 1,560 feet, and sits among hardwoods and pines. At the lake, visitors enjoy watching beaver that inhabit an adjacent pond, identifying several species of ducks and other waterfowl and trying their luck at catching bass, sunfish and catfish.

The Cherokee National Forest is located in eastern Tennessee and stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 650,000-acre swath of land is Tennessee's only national forest. It lies 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.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is two miles off the Cherohala Skyway, a 43-mile National Scenic Byway that stretches from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina. Bald River Falls on Tellico River Road 210 is a popular destination. The Pheasant Fields Fish Hatchery also on Tellico River is operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and is the rearing pools for the fish stocking program on Tellico River, Citico Creek, and the Green Cove Pond.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
No Alchohol
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Indian Boundary is located in Tennessee
35.4017 N
-84.1072 W
Get Directions
From I-75 at Sweetwater, Tennessee, take State Route 68 to Tellico Plains. From Highway 68 in Tellico Plains, take Highway 165 (Cherohala Skyway) east for 16 miles. Turn left onto Forest Development Road 345 and travel 2 miles to the entrance.
18 Reviews of Indian Boundary
Beautiful lake!

This place is the best combination of lake and Mountain Views! Clean facilities. There is an easy hike around the lake. There is a spot for volleyball and plenty of bike riding. There is a campground store that you can buy anything you may have forgotten and souvenirs.

A classic spot along the Cherohola Skyway

A well maintained campground with beach access to a man-made lake. Only minutes from the famous views of the Cherohola

All of God's Wonders

The most wonderful place to get closer to God's wonderful handiwork, and see some awesome sights and hear some of the most wonderous tunes nature can provide. This place is so serene and peaceful it will blow your mind, You will get the chance to see,hear all sorts of Wildlife, Bear's and Deer are normal as is Bald Eagles Trout and Various types of Fish, song birds and Plant life. It is National Forest accessable, and Parkway also. Picnic shelters and walking paths for gatherings. Lot of Cherokee Heritage here also.

Beautiful place in the Cherokee National Forest

Beautiful lake. Well maintained.  Easy access to hiking/biking trail. Clean bathrooms. Well stocked camp store.

Heaven on Earth

This place is beautiful only if you love lakes on top of a mountain! Great family spot or just you and your happy camper. The bathrooms are very clean and spacious. Great beach area and they rent SUP and kayaks. I would highly recommend booking your next adventure at this campground!

Perfect family vacation

Great camping area, great for family camping 

Hiking trail around lake fun to kayak and fish on also has a swimming area and large picnic area that’s covered

We Start 'em Off Here

Indian Boundary is the first campground we took our son to when we got our pop up some 21 years ago. A couple of weeks ago we took another sweet boy we love dearly for his first trip too! There's a bike trail, a lake for swimming and kayaking, a river nearby for crawdad hunting and hiking trails all around - this campground has something for everyone!

Hidden gem

Love this place. Nice lake. Hiking trail, beach, swimming, fishing. Nice bathrooms with showers. Camp store and best of all no cell service! Near falls and the skyway to dragon scenic route. Joyce Kilmer memorial forest has some huge trees about a mile in on a hike.

Best time we had

It was a great place we went fishing swimming and hiking loved it

Mountain Retreat

By far one of the most beautiful campsites we have visited. The surrounding mountains and water were breathtaking. This camp ground is close to the water if you stay in loop A. Just a short walk the water and beach. Several hiking trails throughout the site and around the lake. This is a perfect site for those who like to kayak and explore!