Nolichucky Gorge Campground

Erwin, Tennessee

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The Nolichucky River cuts a deep gorge through the Appalachian Mountains as it flows from North Carolina into Tennessee. Frothing whitewater tumbles over rocks and boulders beneath towering green ridges. Just a short distance into the Volunteer State, Jones Branch flows into the Nolichucky, creating a riverside flat where Rick Murray, rafter and whitewater man extraordinaire, located his Nolichucky Gorge Campground. This flat, overlooking the river, is surrounded by national forest land, with the exception of a rafting company located next door. Having such a neighbor enhances the camping experience here, as rafting the Nolichucky is the primary recreation activity in the gorge. Furthermore, the long-distance Appalachian Trail passes a mere 50 yards from your campsite, adding hiking to the mix. Don’t feel like pitching your own tent? Rick has installed platform tents—cabin-style tents elevated above the ground on wooden platforms and equipped with air mattresses to make your campout even more convenient. One more thing: The fishing here can be very good.

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"The Nolichucky River cuts a deep gorge through the Appalachian Mountains as it flows from North Carolina into Tennessee. Frothing whitewater tumbles over rocks and boulders beneath towering green ridges. Just a short distance into the Volunteer State, Jones Branch flows into the Nolichucky, creating a riverside flat where Rick Murray, rafter and whitewater man extraordinaire, located his Nolichucky Gorge Campground.

This flat, overlooking the river, is surrounded by national forest land, with the exception of a rafting company located next door. Having such a neighbor enhances the camping experience here, as rafting the Nolichucky is the primary recreation activity in the gorge. Furthermore, the long-distance Appalachian Trail passes a mere 50 yards from your campsite, adding hiking to the mix. Don’t feel like pitching your own tent? Rick has installed platform tents—cabin-style tents elevated above the ground on wooden platforms and equipped with air mattresses to make your campout even more convenient. One more thing: The fishing here can be very good."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Erwin
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Nolichucky Gorge Campground

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May 2018