The Appalachian Trail in Erwin, TN

Likely the most famous trail in America, the Appalachian Trail spans for some 2200 miles along the Appalachian Mountains from the summit of Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Katahdin, Maine.

The AT is managed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, WV. Stretches of trail are maintained by 35 different regional groups.

The Appalachian Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina covers approximately 290 miles. The Tennessee section begins south of Damascus, Virginia, where the Appalachian Trail travels through the mountains in the Cherokee National Forest. The AT then climbs into the high country of the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

Day hikes and multi-day backpacking opportunities on sections of the Appalachian Trail in the Erwin, TN and Nolichucky River area. 

Erwin, TN north to Roan Mountain, TN (48 miles) 
Spivey Gap north to the Crockett (10.2 miles) 
Sam’s Gap north to the Crockett (23.2 miles) 
Iron Mountain Gap south to the Crockett (19.1 miles) 
USFS 230 south to the Crockett (12.7 miles) 
Erwin, TN south to Hot Springs, NC (65 miles) 
Indian Grave Gap south to the Nolichucky River (8.3 miles) 
USFS 230 south to the Crockett (9.4 miles) 
Nolichucky River to a really nice overlook (4 miles)

Erwin TN Appalachian Trail Hiker Shuttles

The Nolichucky Hostel 
151 River Road 
Erwin, TN 37650 
(423) 735-0548 [hostel] 
(423) 735-7366 [secondary]  

For Appalachian Trail area maps and more information:
Appalachian Trail Home Page 
Appalachian Trail Tru Hikers Companion

AT Hiker Shuttles

Large rustic cabin bunkhouse on the Appalachian Trail outside Erwin, TN (Unaka Springs, TN).

Camping near the Appalachian Trail 

Sudden snow storms are common, as late as April and May, and can strand hikers. If you are unsure of your wilderness skills, consider training with professional guides.

USA Raft on the Nolichucky River operate a large cabin bunkhouse we call Crockett Cabin, near Erwin, TN. Crockett Cabin bunkhouse is located just 75 yards from the Appalachian Trail, on the banks of the Nolichucky River. Crockett Cabin is available for Appalachian Trail hiker and groups.

Whitewater rafting is available on the Nolichucky River March through October. For reservations, please call 1-866-USA-Raft.

Erwin, TN Appalachian Trail Hiker Hostels, Lodging, Camping and Shuttle Information

Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel

151 River Road
Erwin, TN  37650
Telephone: (423) 735-0548

Nolichucky Gorge Campground 
1 Jones Branch Road 
Erwin, TN 37650 
Telephone: (423) 743-8876 

Other Appalachian Trail Links

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

AT in Tennessee 

AT in NC

National Park Service information on this multi-state national trail extending from Georgia to Maine.

Trailplace Information about the Appalachian Trail and planning hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Scouts on the Appalachian Trail in TN and NC

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee

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