Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
Take a Dip in an Appalacian Lake
In December 2018, President Trump signed an executive order that expands logging on public lands, ostensibly to reduce fire risk. But environmentalists contend that the 30 percent mandated increase in timber production and the easing of regulatory burdens will result in large-scale logging and clear-cutting in places like the 650,000-acre Cherokee National Forest, in east Tennessee. This ramp-up in logging could harm the environment and wildlife, as well as limit recreational opportunities.
Go Now: Cherokee has tons of kayaking, tubing, and fishing options, plus mountain stream–fed pools perfect for cliff jumping. But it’s hard to beat a day boating around and swimming in the beautiful Watauga Lake. —J.R.S.
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