Turkey Pen is one of the last large tracts of unbroken private land adjacent to the Cherokee National Forest in the Southern Smoky Mountains. There are many income-producing opportunities on-site. The 3,233± acres, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, would make for a great location to host a luxury resort such as Blackberry Farm or an Orvis-endorsed style outfitting lodge.

Nestled amid some of the world’s oldest mountains, the creeks, and basins of Turkey Pen harbor a vibrant ecosystem. The Little Tennessee River is designated as a Native Fish Conservation Area, containing more than 100 species of native fish, 10 species of native mussels, and a dozen crayfish species. Turkey Pen truly bridges the Smoky Mountains and is a one of a kind property.

Three mountain ranges come together here, The Great Smoky’s to the north, the Cheoahs to the east, and the Unicoi mountain range to the south, which remains one of the most primitive, undeveloped areas in the eastern United States. The name Unicoi comes from the Cherokee word that means white. It refers to the low-lying clouds and fog that often drape the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The nearby Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness and the Citico Creek Wilderness make this area a truly wild place. The water frontage on Chilhowee Lake along the Bolden Knight Bluff is exceptional and has excellent access. The Little Tennessee River starts in Northern Georgia and gathers waters from the Tuckasegee and Tellico Rivers and Citico Creek, contributing to Turkey Pen’s diversity.


  • 3,233± acres
  • Over 12 miles of interior roads
  • 7.5 miles of maintained trails
  • 3.4 miles of county road frontage
  • 4,000 feet of lake frontage
  • A mature forest encompasses most of the property and timber information is available per request
  • Managed by professional forester since 1998
  • Bordered by the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest and the TWRA
  • Nine-bedroom rustic lodge with kitchen and dining hall, accessed by a wooden covered bridge
  • Rustic barn with horse stalls
  • Historic Happy Top Church is a one room church and cemetery
  • Electricity and telephone services are available along Mt. Pleasant Road
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.

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