Nolichucky River Rafting
White water excitement and beautiful scenery through the deepest gorge in the south. Outfitters for the Nolichucky are based in Erwin, TN.
The Erwin Linear Trail runs parallel to I-26 along North Indian Creek and the Nolichucky River waterways in Erwin. Designed to simultaneously protect and enhance the environment, while providing recreational space, the paved trails meander through, around and over woodlands, natural ponds and wetlands to create spectacular opportunities for recreation, fishing and instruction for local school programs. The trails entice hikers, dog walkers, bicyclers, joggers, adults, children and families from the entire region both day and night. In addition, the park creates a breathtaking ambience for arts and crafts shows, outdoor concerts and other events, and offers amenities such as night lighting, restrooms, benches, fishing docks and a family-friendly atmosphere
Located in the Cherokee National Forest, it is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.
Rock Creek Park
The park offers both day-use and extended stay opportunities for visitors. Rock Creek Park offers short hiking trails, scattered picnic tables, a swimming pool, a bike trail and an amphitheater. The park also offers modern camping accomodations in a beautiful cove at the foot of Unaka Mountain. It contains 36 campsites, some group camping. Fourteen of the sites have electrical hookups and are suitable for vehicles up to 35′ in length.
Travel north on Main Avenue two blocks and turn left onto Second Street. Continue one half mile under the overpass and turn left onto I-26E. Travel for six miles to exit 43, the second Temple Hill Exit. Go under the overpass and turn right onto highway 19W and 352. After one mile, these two highways split. Keep to the left on 19W. From this point continue approximately 3.2 miles to an unmarked paved road on the right. This is a narrow road that will descend to a small parking area at the base of the falls. Spivey Falls is located on private property, but beautiful pictures can be taken from the parking area.
Rock Creek Water Falls
Travel north on Main Avenue 1.2 miles, turn right on to highway 395 following the signs to Rock Creek Recreation Area, 3.0 miles. Turn left into the area ($2.00 daily fee). Park at the bath house and continue walking down the paved road beyond camping loop C to the trailhead. The trail generally follows Rock Creek upstream. After a short distance you will arrive at a footbridge on your left. Do not cross the bridge. Continue on the main trail past the iron gate. You will cross the creek on rocks and logs four times before arriving at the lower falls. You must descend steeply along a narrow trail to reach the base of the falls. Upper Rock Creek Falls is a short distance further on the main trail. Both falls are approximately 40 ft. in height. During the winter the bluffs are often covered with large icicles. This is a moderate hike over a very rocky trail. Round trip distance is approximately 4 miles.
Farmhouse Gallery and Garden
A 75-acre farm open to the public year-round, offers walks surrounded by beautiful gardens and ponds enhanced with relics of Appalachian heritage and a variety of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, peacocks and other wildlife. The establishment also hosts an annual Fiddlers and Fiddleheads Festival, featuring bluegrass, country and gospel music as well as classic cars, blacksmithing, saltmaking, storytelling and hit-and-miss engines.
Click here to view an Appalachian Trail brouchure made by the Unicoi County 4-H GPS Team.
The Appalachian Trail, American’s best known footpath, extends 2,175 miles from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia with a protected 250,000 acre greenway. It was constructed in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Unicoi County has over 50 miles of this famous trail extending through the county. Take the time to explore and experience the true beauty of Unicoi County that can only be experienced by hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail Conference, a group of approximately 5,500 volunteers who donate approximately 200,000 hours each year, manage, maintain and preserve the Appalachian Trail.
Visit the Appalacian Trail Conference at appalachiantrail.org for more information about about the Appalachian Trail.