Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

Located on the banks of the beautiful Nolichucky River in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) is the region’s leading […]

Watauga River

At just over 78 miles, the Watauga River stretches from Avery and Watauga counties in North Carolina into East Tennessee, near Elizabethton.

Watauga Lake

There are many water activities at Watauga Lake: power boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and wakeboarding. Watauga Lake can be accessed at several public and private boat ramps and marinas for a nominal fee ($5 or less).

Nolichucky River

Known for its world-class fishing, tumbling rapids and recreational opportunities, the Nolichucky River carves its 115-mile path from the mountains of western North Carolina through […]

Doe River Gorge

Doe River Gorge is a Christian organization that invites guests to leave the pressures and business of the world behind by offering outdoor camps for all age ranges, from summer youth camps and leadership retreats to adventure-based activities for groups and families.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, traveling through 14 states and over 2,100 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine. Though it hugs the North Carolina border for nearly 200 miles, the Appalachian Trail does not officially cross into Tennessee until it reaches the Nolichucky River outside of Erwin, at which point elevations frequently exceed 5,000 feet. With multiple access points surrounding the Johnson City region, take a hike on one of the most popular trails in the country!

Rock Creek Recreation Area

Located in Cherokee National Forest, Rock Creek Recreation Area offers day-use and extended stay facilities for outdoor enthusiasts. Amenities include short hiking trails, picnic tables, […]