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Visit for the Sights…Stay for the Adventure!

Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Unicoi County, Tennessee is abundant with natural beauty. From the majestic flowing white waters of the Nolichucky River to the rugged Appalachian mountain trails, our community is one you will want to
“Visit for the Sights”… But once you arrive, we are sure you will “Stay for the Adventure”…

Our communities are nature’s playground filled with rafting, hiking, world-class fishing, biking, camping, parks and more.  Unicoi County is the perfect place to rest, refuel and reenergize. So, what are you waiting for… the start of your adventure is just a click away!

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Visit Unicoi County, TN

Visit Unicoi County, TN

Unicoi County, TN is nature’s playground filled with rafting, kayaking, hiking, world-class fishin

We are so excited to have Cathy leading the charge on our tourism efforts!Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce names Cathy Huskins Tourism DirectorThe Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Cathy Huskins its Tourism Director to lead the Chamber’s tourism efforts. She will oversee and assist with the development, implementation and successful execution of the Chamber’s plan of work and programs designed to maximize tourism in Unicoi County.Huskins brings more than twenty-two years of experience to this role, having worked for the Chamber in various capacities since 2000. “Cathy will bring so much skill and momentum to this position. She is a natural leader with a remarkable work ethic,” said Amanda Delp, the Chamber’s executive director. “We could not ask for a more qualified person to lead our tourism efforts.”Unicoi County, known for is popular outdoor recreation and scenic natural beauty, is continually showing up on the radar of outdoor enthusiasts and visitors looking for a unique adventure. In 2021, the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development reported that tourism spending in Unicoi County grew by more than 34%. “Over the past several years, we have seen city and county officials continue to place a much larger emphasis on tourism in Unicoi County, recognizing that tourism means dollars for our community,” added Delp. “With the addition of many new tourism related businesses like Blue Ridge Paddling, The Peddler’s Rest and Glamping Retro, to name a few, we are seeing tourism growth skyrocket in Unicoi County.” The position of Tourism Director is not an entirely new position for the Chamber. In 2002, the position was created and remained staffed by the Chamber until 2017, at which time, the Chamber suffered significant budget cuts from the Town of Erwin and Unicoi County that resulted in the loss of a staff member and forced the Chamber to redefine job titles and descriptions for the remaining two full-time employees. “Over the past five years, we have continued to focus attention in the area of tourism, completing as many projects as possible with the limited funds dedicated to tourism promotion,” said Cathy Huskins. “Following the height of the Covid pandemic, we have continued to see the increase in tourism requests and responsibilities rise.”The decision by the Board of Directors to reinstate the Tourism Director position came after months of research and discussion. Noting the significant increase in tourism related involvement the Chamber was experiencing, the Board recognized the need to have a dedicated staff member oversee the tourism portion of the Chamber’s plan of work. “Just in the last six months, the Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded numerous tourism projects. From the application and receipt of two tourism grants from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to providing business support to our tourism businesses, as well as hosting a travel writer, the Chamber has continued it’s dedication in promoting Unicoi County as a visitor destination for outdoor adventure and recreation.” In addition to reinstating the tourism director position, the Board of Directors also voted to add a part-time employee at the Chamber to assist with increasing the number of social media platforms for the Chamber, as well as creating social media content for both the Chamber and Visit Unicoi County. The job description for this position is still being developed and Chamber officials anticipate filling this position after January 1. The growth in tourism is not just a trend that is being seen in Unicoi County. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development reports that as Tennessee’s number two industry, tourism generated a record $24 billion in domestic travel spending in 2021, marking the largest visitor spending nationally in Tennessee’s history. Tourism helps drive economic development and job growth, which helped to restore and grow livelihoods for Tennesseans. “As travel and tourism becomes an even greater component of Unicoi County’s economy, I am excited to step into this role. Unicoi County has been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and has so much to offer. I want everyone to experience what I do on a daily basis,” added Huskins. ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out the most recent addition of Blue Ridge Country magazine for a wonderful story about Erwin’s Linear Trail. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our river and streams are stocked with beauties just like this. This is what makes fishing so remarkable in Unicoi County. ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s happening! Today is day 1 of recording for our Unicoi County Rural Tourism promotional video /photography grant. First stop Hunter Bleu! ... See MoreSee Less
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