Whitewater Rafting on the Nolichucky River

With over 9 miles and 25+ named class 2-4 rapids, the Nolichucky River Gorge offers some of the most adventurous whitewater rafting in NC or TN. It is located near Asheville and Boone, NC and Johnson City, TN. 

Hiking the Appalachain Trail

Erwin is an official mail stop for trail hikers.  The trail runs across the Unaka mountains dividing the Cherokee National Forest (the TN side) and the Pisgah National Forest (the NC side).  This is a fairly gentle trail area, with decent up/down grades but not much rough terrain.