Located in the vast Cherokee National Forest is the Citico Creek Wilderness Area and Citico Creek. This cold water creek's waters flow from the Unaka mountains to form an ideal habitat for aquatic life, including fish, turtles, salamanders, mussels, snails, and more. In some places, up to 45 species may be found in the rocky pools and free flowing waters.
One meeting location is the Young Branch Wrangler Camp on Citico Road. This location is subject to change. Programs for groups of 12 to 24 snorkelers may be scheduled through the Ocoee Whitewater Center (423 496-0100). https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cherokee/recarea/?recid=35026
Listen to the sounds of the river and forest. Imagine early life along these waterways.
Best Time for Viewing
Day light to sunset
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing
Mid-April to mid-October is the best time to go. Summer ranges are 70 to 80 degrees
ADA Accessibility Notes
Citico Creek Road parallels the waterway and pull offs are available.
Pet Friendly Notes
This is a wilderness area, so respect other guests and wildlife by managing your pet.
How to Get There
From Vonore, Tennessee, take Highway 411 to Highway 360 South, then Highway 360 South for 7.2 miles to County Road 455. Continue on County Road 455 for 8.9 to Forest Developed Road 35. This is a single-lane gravel road. Take Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.
From Tellico Plains, Tennessee, drive east on Highway 165 for 1 mile. Turn left onto Highway 360 for 14 miles. Turn right onto County Road 455 and continue 8.9 miles to Forest Developed Road 35. Continue on Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.