Tennessee Appalachian Trail Hike

Full Day Hike

DATE: Jun 20, 2021
END DATE: Jun 20, 2021

Hike/Event Location: Erwin TN

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Jacksonville, FL United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 12

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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This AT hike in Tennessee will be 9 miles in length will be mostly down hill. Starting at Beauty Spot at an elevation of 4427 feet and ending at Nolichucky Gorge Campground at an elevation of 1700 feet.


At the beginning of the hike there will be views of the mountians in NC to the south. At 1.3 miles into the hike we will come into a clearing with blackberries and Catawba rhododendren and a view of Erwin nestled between the two ridges. As we desend the trail becomes somewhat rocky. About 3.5 miles into the hike we will come upon a gap with a grassy campsite and other trails. From here we will continue our desent until we reach Curley Maple Gap Shelter ( 6 mile mark), where we shall take a rest. The shelter is at an elevation of 3000 feet.

As we desend further we will be views of the Nolichucky River. The hikes ends at the river and a campground and rafting center.


This will be a one-way hike and will require an auto shuttle. Plan on spending 5 hours on the trail. This is also a clothing optional hike as we practice for the hike on the Summer Solstice (National Naked Hiking Day).


Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

We will be meeting in Erwin, Tennessee for this hike.  The meeting place will be theSuper 8 hotel in Erwin. The addrees and phone number are 1101 North Buffalo Street and (423) 743-0200. 


There is inexpensive accamodations at the Super 8 Hotel in Erwin. 


We shall be leaving the Super 8 at 8:00 AM sharp for the trailheads. Plan to arrive earlier. There are plenty of fast food places nearby if you are going to have breakfast.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Jacksonville, FL

United States
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