There is much to do in the great outdoors of Unicoi County; so many opportunities lie at our fingertips here. We have the Nolichucky River and all the streams that feed it. All of the water bodies offer great fishing opportunities to residents and visitors who like to cast a line and spend some time.

Trout and small mouth bass are the mainstay for the angler in Unicoi County. There are also many places where you can sit and fish for whatever bites. Some say that “fishing done correctly has nothing to do with catching fish.” However, most fisherman like to feel the line tighten and pull when they go fishing. Unicoi County is a rich area for doing for doing just that.

The Nolichucky River is also a world class small mouth bass river with some small mouths exceeding 4 pounds. You may also find musky, crappie and catfish.  During the months when the water is cooler brown trout may be caught and rainbow trout are abundant.

The Erwin, TN  37650 National Fish Hatchery, located in Unicoi County, supplies the river with pond fed fish. Last year the hatchery produced over 13 million eggs from four strains to support their fish management programs. After approximately two and a half years the breeder fish are delivered by truck to the Chestoa Bridge and released into the Nolichucky.  These fish have been pond fed.

Tennessee offers annual, 10 day and 3 day licenses.  Children under the age of 13 need no licenses.  Licenses are sold by local merchants and instant licenses are available 24 hours, 7 days a week from the Wildlife Resources Agency.  1-888-814-TWRA or online at

Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

Located on the banks of the beautiful Nolichucky River in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, we are the region's first comprehensive outdoor school offering courses and instruction for all ability levels in a variety of disciplines including kayak, canoe, water...

Limestone Cove

Limestone Cove Day Use Area alongside North Indian Creek in beautiful Limestone Cove. Many people take advantage of the cool shade near the creek to picnic. The cool swift waters of North Indian Creek provide excellent habitat for trout. A portion of a rail line that...

Erwin Linear Trail

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...

Rock Creek Recreation Area

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 accommodations in a beautiful cove at...

Nolichucky Gorge Campground

One Jones Branch Road, Erwin, TN 37650 (map)Telephone: (423)-743-8876Website: 1 Jones Branch RoadErwin, TN 37650(423) 743-8876 

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