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AT Nolichucky River/Indian Grave Gap

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Peaceful river hike through new growth forest
Near:Erwin, TN
Distance:8.3 miles
Elevation Gain:2598 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Point to Point

Summary: Your hike begins at west end corner of the Chestoa Bridge across from the Nolichucky Hostel.Head east crossing the bridge, then turn R on Jones Branch Road and then look into woods for white blaze to p/u the trail..2 mi you will have to cross a railroad track. It is very active and will approach without sound or warning, cross with extreme caution.The trail now begins to climb and runs parallel to the road and offers views of the river.1.3mi you will come to the Nolichucky Campground follow blazes to the left.1.8 mi you will begin to climb the mountain.2.9 mi you will find the Curley Maple Shelter a cinder block shelter with tin roof and one bunk sleeps 5.Water located 100' S of AT or if dry, backtrack .1mi to Jones Branch.Continue north for .1mi to reach Curley Maple Gap and the site of a CCC shelter from the 1930s.5.5mi you will reach a gap and old trails on both sides.Follow blazes straight, trail levels out until you reach a gravel road at Indian Grave Gap.
Trailhead: From Knoxville; I-40 East to I-81Exit 57A(Johnson City) then to I-26 Exit then to Exit 15 Jackson Love Hwy, turn L at stop sign, cross over US 23, and take immediate R onto unsigned road with a Holiday Inn visible from the intersection. Go past the Holiday Inn for about 0.3 mi. Turn L and follow USFS signs for Chestoa Rec Area. With permission park at Nolichucky Hostel. pick up trail at corner of Chestoa Bridge and head East (Lat:36.10557 Lon:-82.44859)
Trail Guides for AT Nolichucky River/Indian Grave Gap:
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee (Exploring the Appalachian Trail)
by Doris Gove (Stackpole Books)

White Blaze Fever
by Bill Schutte (

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: N/A
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
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