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Look Who’s Been Sighted in Tellico Plains


Did you know that the area around Tellico Plains is listed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency as a designated Wildlife Viewing Area?

Yup, it is!

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a variety of wildlife sightings year ’round.  To birders, the Cherokee National Forest and surrounding areas are considered a wonderful place to locate an array of over 260 species of birds, such as Black-billed and Yellow- billed Cuckoos, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Belted Kingfisher, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Wood Thrush, White-eyed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Eastern Screech Owl as well as Veery and Blue-headed Vireo.  Woodchucks, red squirrels, raccoons, possums can often be seen while hiking the many trails maintained by the USDA Forest Service, and even in some backyards or fields in Monroe County. It’s also not that unusual to sight wild boar, deer and red fox around.  On occasion though, a black bear or bobcat might be captured on one of the trail cams sprinkled throughout the forest, reminding us that this little corner of Tennessee really is a wilderness area!



Those interested in viewing wildlife have an opportunity to glimpse an assortment of wildlife – not to mention spectacular scenery – during the different seasons of the year.  Although it’s always good to get out into nature itself, there’s even an auto loop for those wishing to get a quick overview of the area.  In some ways, taking the drive on roads earmarked as wildlife viewing roads allows one to see views that might not be seen while hiking a trail in the forest. Highway 165, or the Cherohala Skyway, is a 43 mile stretch of road between Tellico Plains, TN and Robbinsville, NC, and also the 21st National Forest Scenic Byway in the United States.  The name is derived from the Cherokee National Forest on the Tennessee side, and Nantahala National Forest on the North Carolina side.


Oh – and if you happen to see (and photograph) some of our abundant wildlife while you’re relaxing and enjoying the area, don’t forget to share it with us!



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