Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap

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Section 19a/b
Trail south point Nolichucky River
Trail north point Indian Grave Gap
Distance 8.3 Miles
Min Elevation 1,700 Feet
Max Elevation 3,557 Feet
Governing Body Unaka
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(Trail South > North)

Nolichucky River and Erwin, TN[edit]

The AT meets the Nolichucky River at Chestoa Bridge. Downtown Erwin is approximately 2 miles from this point. Food, resupply, shuttles and lodging are available.


Cross railroad just into the woods from crossing Chestoa Bridge.

Rafting Companies[edit]

Multiple rafting companies' Nolichucky River headquarters are along the river just before the AT starts to ascend out of the Gorge. Camping and lodging are available.

Jones Branch[edit]

Crossed several times before heading north towards Curley Maple Gap Shelter.

Curley Maple Gap Shelter[edit]

Curley Maple Gap Shelter is a concrete-block shelter built in 1961 by the United States Forest Service, then renovated in 2010 by the TN Eastman Hiking Club to expand the sleeping capacity to 12 with a second loft under a new roof.

Indian Grave Gap[edit]

The Trail crosses TN395/NC197 at the state line with FS230 going towards Beauty Spot. There is a small parking area along the north side of the road.


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