|Bike and Hike|
Though Unicoi County has a number of memorable footpaths, hiking the Appalachian Trail is a truly invigorating experience. This historic public footpath follows more than 2,100 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines between Maine and Georgia, and winds its way through Unicoi County. Hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts from around the world converge on the trail by the thousands each year to experience the incredible vistas, wildlife and fresh air of this national treasure. Dozens of smaller local trails and Forest Service roads also offer challenging treks for hikers and bikers of all experience levels. For Appalachian Trail maps and more information, you can visit the Appalachian Trail Home Page.
The Erwin Linear Trail runs parallel to I-26 along North Indian Creek and the Nolichucky River waterways in Erwin. Designed to simultaneously protect and enhance the environment, while providing recreational space, the paved trails meander through, around and over woodlands, natural ponds and wetlands to create spectacular opportunities for recreation, fishing and instruction for local school programs. The trails entice hikers, dog walkers, bicyclers, joggers, adults, children and families from the entire region both day and night. In addition, the park creates a breathtaking ambience for arts and crafts shows, outdoor concerts and other events, and offers amenities such as night lighting, restrooms, benches, fishing docks and a family-friendly atmosphere.