The Tennessee Overhill was named for the Cherokee settlements that rested on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains—overhill from the Lower Cherokee settlements. This area has long been a destination for travelers, traders, and explorers. Today's visitors will find a place rich in cultural heritage and scenic beauty—a place of forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, small towns, and unique attractions.
The Tennessee Overhill is located in the southern half of the Cherokee National Forest and includes three counties (McMinn, Monroe and Polk) and many small towns. The location of the Tennessee Overhill is unique in that visitors will find a large variety of activities ranging from whitewater rafting, tubing, hiking, fishing, gliding in a gliderplane, and many choices for scenic drives.
Even though the Tennessee Overhill is known for its outdoor recreation it is also known for its historic sites and museums. These places tell of Cherokee Indians, fur traders, settlers, loggers, miners and railroaders, textile workers, farmers and sharecroppers; the people of the area who were shaped by the land.