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 […]

Boone Lake

Boone Lake is a popular location for fishing and water-based recreation, with a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp and courtesy pier for safe, convenient boating access. The lake supports bluegill and crappie, as well as white, striped, hybrid, smallmouth, and largemouth bass.

Blue Hole Falls

Blue Hole Falls is a 0.5-mile lightly trafficked loop trail near Elizabethton, TN that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. To get there, take Highway 19E out of Elizabethton for about 10 miles, and turn left onto Panhandle Road at the brown national forest sign for “Blue Hole.”

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, […]