Erwin Linear Trail
This five mile paved trail, ideal for walking or biking, runs parallel to I-26 along the banks of North Indian Creek and the Nolichucky River through the nearby town of Erwin. The trail offers scenic vistas, benches, and restroom facilities. Learn more about the Linear Trail.
Unicoi County Heritage Museum
Located on the grounds of the Erwin National Fish Hatchery, the Unicoi County Heritage Museum is housed in a 10 room, two-story building constructed in 1903 as the home of the Fish Hatchery Superintendent. The museum features historical items telling the story of this valley community from Main Street to school life to the Clinchfield Railroad to Blue Ridge Pottery and more. Get hours and contact information.
Unicoi County offers numerous fishing options in its many creeks, ponds, and rivers. The Nolichucky River offers excellent large and small mouth bass, catfish, crappie, and musky. North Indian Creek, South Indian Creek and a number of other tributaries offer rainbow and brown trout. Area ponds contain bluegills, shiners, and other local fish varieties. Fishing licenses are required for anyone over the age of 12 and may be purchased from local merchants or from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Get more information on fishing and how to purchase a license.Waterfalls
Unicoi County rewards the more adventurous visitor with some breathtaking scenery. The county is home to three beautiful waterfalls which may be viewed after taking a short nature hike. Red Fork Falls is located in the Limestone Cove area, Rock Creek Falls is in the Rock Creek Park Recreation Area, and Spivey Falls is to the south in the Temple Hill area. Get more information and directions to the falls.
The nearby Nolichucky River offers exhilarating whitewater rafting opportunities. Experience up to level 4 rapids through the 2000 ft deep Nolichucky Gorge. Get a list of companies offering whitewater rafting in the area.
Erwin National Fish Hatchery
Since 1894 the Erwin National Fish Hatchery has stocked the local waterways with four strains of rainbow trout under the administration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Hatchery is open Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm for self-guided tours and picnicking. Guided tours may be arranged in advance. Get more information and directions.
Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR fans will appreciate our close proximity to the “world’s fastest half mile” at Bristol Motor Speedway. This short track is one of the most popular stops on the NASCAR circuit bringing 165,000 people from around the country for the Sharpie 500 and the Food City 250. Get more information on Thunder Valley.