Nolichucky Gorge Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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, founded his Nolichucky Gorge Campground. With the exception of a rafting company located next door, the campground overlooking the river is surrounded by national forest land.
Having such a neighbor enhances the camping experience here, as rafting the Nolichucky is the primary recreation activity in the gorge. Hiking is also featured here, as the long-distance Appalachian Trail passes a mere 50 yards from the campground, and I am told the fishing can be very good. For those who want a more luxurious tent experience, Rick has installed platform tents—cabin-style tents elevated on wooden platforms and equipped with air mattresses to make your camp out even more convenient."