Originally Posted by helix149
thank you I guess I will have to look for another area. I thought that was all cherokee nat forest land.
I was once curious about that pond too. Took a drive down the little dirt road that leads to it and saw a "private property" sign. Sure enough, upon closer inspection of a FS map, it is shown as private property. There are hundreds of tracts of private land within the national forest boundaries. The wilderness areas are really the only place you can be sure you are free to roam.
Notice how the green shaded area turns to a blocked off white area....that indicates private property.