HIKING

Although Unicoi County is well known as a gateway to the Appalachian Trail, numerous other trails are awaiting your exploration. More than 50 percent of Unicoi County has been designated part of the Cherokee National Forest, making the county an unspoiled and spectacular backdrop for adventure.

Below are hiking and bicycling trails located in the Nolichucky and Unaka Ranger Districts of the Cherokee National Forest.

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...

Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower

The Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower is located atop Buffalo Mountain at 3,520 feet above sea level and has served as a sentinel for the area’s forest lands for the past 75–years.  A hiking and bicycling trail has been established from this trailhead.  You can also enjoy...

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...

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest continual footpath in the world, crossing ridge tops of the Appalachian Mountain range through 14 states. The AT began as a grand vision in 1921 and became America’s first national scenic trail in 1968. The AT is...

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 accomodations in a beautiful cove at...

Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain Overlook

View and explore the breathtaking scenery from one of the southern Appalachian’s highest elevation mountain balds.  The balds at Beauty Spot are maintained in a grassy stage, surrounded by rhododendrons and other native mountain plants.  Hike a portion of the...

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