Exciting things are happening in Erwin, a Tennessee town ready to show you what it\u2019s got. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, you\u2019ll find an adventure waiting for you around every corner.\n\n\n\nPhoto by Tennessee Tourism and Economic Development.\n\n\n\nHop on the Nolichucky River as it winds through the mountains and town. Named one of the top ten whitewater rafting rivers in the world by the International Rafting Federation, check out the raging Class III and IV rapids that are sure to get your heart racing and sense of adventure raring to go as you paddle through pristine wilderness. Take a trip through the Nolichucky River Gorge, the deepest gorge east of Mississippi, with USA Raft for a full day of fun. Anglers will enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass and musky on this scenic river.\n\n\n\nPhoto by Tennessee Tourism and Economic Development.\n\n\n\nLocals and visitors alike are working to get the seven miles\nof the Nolichucky from Poplar, N.C. to Erwin designated a Wild and Scenic River\nby Congress. This protection would help preserve the corridor as a free-flowing\nriver for future generations to enjoy and love for years to come. \n\n\n\nPhoto by Parker Bohon.\n\n\n\nPlan your trip for Labor Day Weekend and experience the Sol Slam Mountain Jam. Sponsored by USA Raft and Sol Driven Train, this family-friendly music festival takes place on the banks of the Nolichucky River. A portion of the proceeds will support the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Ziggy\u2019s Second Chance Network.\n\n\n\nPhoto by Parker Bohon.\n\n\n\nFor those who prefer to sightsee on land, the Appalachian Trail runs right through Unicoi County. Hike to Big Bald, Beauty Spot, or Unaka Mountain for panoramic views and red spruce forests. Thru hikers know how special this designated Appalachian Trail Community is as locals love doing trail magic for those passing through. \n\n\n\nPhoto by Tennessee Tourism and Economic Development.\n\n\n\nExplore the wonders of Rocky Fork State Park just down the road. Mountain bike 15 miles of trails or cast a line for native brook trout in Rocky Fork Creek. Hikers of all abilities can access the Appalachian Trail directly or take another, less travelled path. For about two weeks in June, thousands of fireflies put on a nighttime show during the peak of mating season. Trails extend into the Cherokee National Forest, allowing you to expand your adventure further. \n\n\n\nPhoto by Tennessee Tourism and Economic Development.\n\n\n\nKeep an eye out for an exciting, new bike park coming to Erwin soon. Unicoi received a 2019 IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant to design a tiered, multi-loop park linking existing trails in the surrounding counties and National Forest lands. Only four blocks from downtown Erwin, beginner and experienced riders alike will be able to find a trail for them. As Erwin invests in their biking community through new trails, infrastructure projects, and bike-centered businesses, this is sure to be a must-visit destination for bikers of all abilities and styles. \n\n\n\nPhoto by Parker Bohon.\n\n\n\nHead to Erwin Outdoor Supply for all of your adventure needs. Although still fairly new to the community, opening its doors in 2018, this one-stop-shop is already a local hub for all things outdoors. From apparel and camping gear to snacks for the trail, they\u2019ve got it all. Stop by for advice on the best trails and camping spots in the area. Check their schedule for upcoming classes, book talks, and more. \n\n\n\nPhoto by Tennessee Tourism and Economic Development.\n\n\n\nWhile in town, drive the scenic highways around Erwin. Stop in at one of the many antique shops, arts and craft stores, and restaurants in the area. Hike, bike, or paddle to Erwin, Tennessee for your next trip outside and discover the magic of the mountains. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFeature image by Parker Bohon.