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Indian Boundary

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National Forest

Cherokee National Forest


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.

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24 Reviews

Keith A.
Reviewed May. 8, 2023

Amazing campground.

The staff are super friendly at the camp store. They helped us stay up to date on the forecast since we were staying in a tent with two young children. Beautiful 3 mile loop around the lake is a great little hike/walk. Our 3y/o walked the whole thing. The campsites are level, spacious, and well maintained.  Bathrooms and dumpsters are close to all the sites.  The beach area is great with a beautiful Mountain View. Cannot stress how worth it staying here was.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Keith A., May 8, 2023
  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Keith A., May 8, 2023
  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Keith A., May 8, 2023
Jim M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2022

Excellent campground!!

Level and big sites, great, clean facilities with hot water. Great place to stay, very friendly and helpful camp hosts.

Month of VisitOctober
Katrin M.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2022

Beautiful campground

This is the 3rd time I camped here. It is very beautiful, almost right on the lake. The campground can be very crowded which is a little bit a downer. The campsites, except the overflow ones, have electricity, a picnic table, firepit, and a lantern pole. The bathrooms are extremely clean. There are super nice camp hosts and volunteers that make sure everything is top notch. One of the best things is the little campstore that sells t-shirts, food, and local goodies. If you forgot your chair, stove, or tent... they have it😊. There is also a 3 mile trail around the lake which is flat and very scenic. If you want to swim, there is a beach area. You can also rent canoes to paddle the lake. If I would camp here again, it would be definitely during the week when it's a bit more empty.

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  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Katrin M., October 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Katrin M., October 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Indian Boundary by Katrin M., October 21, 2022
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Indian Boundary is located in Tennessee

Detail location of campground


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.


35.4016667 N
84.1072222 W

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