Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel


Established by John and Charlotte Shores in 1998. We provide a large range of accommodations, extensive shuttle service, hot showers, and secure (monitored) parking 68' from the Appalachian trail, in Erwin, Tennessee.

  151 River Road, Erwin, TN


Hikers, Boaters, Tubers, Rafters, Fishing Enthusiasts, Race Fans, Mountain Bikers, and Hostel Travelers, all enjoy the lodging and services at Uncle Johnny's. Open Year Round, our cozy little oasis is located only 68 feet from the Appalachian Trail and 70 feet from the scenic free- flowing Nolichucky River and practically in the enchanting town of Erwin,Tennessee. A village where services are reasonably priced. No crowds or traffic jams. We are only 1.1 miles from Interstate 26 and 30 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina. 18 miles south of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Rustic on the outside our cabins are located just 5 minutes outside of Erwin,Tennessee at the edge of the Cherokee National Forest near the Appalachian Trail and the Nolichucky River. You will be pleasantly surprised as you step into our cozy cabins for your getaway. Seclusion, peace and tranquility await you. Experience nature at its best as you breath in refreshing mountain air. Take an early morning stroll through the forest near the river and listen to the sounds of nature and see local wildlife. Within easy driving, walking or bicycling distance of lakes, waterfalls, restaurants.


    Amenities here include:

  • Free town shuttles for guests.
  • Free High Speed Internet with Wi-Fi and computer access.
  • Dormitory style hostel, private rooms, and some cabins with VCR/DVDs, tent camping on grassy sites with picnic tables and grills.
  • Large restroom facility with 5 showers, 5 toilets, 6 washbasins, hot water, soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels and washcloths
  • Laundry service, outside wash station for your pots, pans, boots, other gear.
  • Outfitters store with the trail hiker in mind carrying products from Big Anges, Granite Gear, Osprey, MSR, Sweetwater, Primus, Therm-A- Rest, Platypus, Suunto, Smartwool, Bridgedale, Princeton Tec, Outdoor Research, Katadyn, Jet-Boil, Wigwam, Nikwax, Equinox, Terramar, Eureka, Wechsel, Black Diamond, Superfeet, Petzel, Hennsey Hammock, Brunton, Vargo Titanium Products, Lafurma, Golite, Seal Line Bags. Fox River, Spenco foot beds, Exponent, Nalgene, gear repair and more.
  • We accept mail-drops 12 months out of the year, We accept everything, Fed-Ex, UPS, and USPS parcels at no charge.
  • Bike rental available for town trips. Erwin's municipal bike and walking path extends to our front door.
  • Responsible, legal, insured shuttle services for section hiking, slack packing, airports, bus stations and motels.
  • Free National Forest Service swimming beach with rest rooms, changing rooms and a beautiful picnic area only 400 yards upstream.
  • We have sit-on-top kayaks, canoes and tube rentals for the lower Nolichucky. We also offer the very best area rafting trips.
  • Visa and Mastercard accepted. (Although cash is preferred to keep our rates low.)
  • Responsible pet owners with well-mannered dogs are welcome.


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