Hiker Services


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.

Hiker Services

    We opened in 1997, in a small 100 year old home, no bath house, cabins, hostel, outfitters store, or boat rental. As of this year we have had over 8000 happy hikers, including Earl Shaffer (his 50th anniversary thru hike). Nimblewill Nomad (both northbound and south bound AT hikes ), Goback, Jean Deeds ( a great lady and a good book ), Dreamcatcher (52 days ) Model-T (the real right stuff ), Just an Echo, (a kind and gentle soul, 3 visits ), Warren Doyle ( with his son Forest ), the Dancer and his son George of the Jungle, ( 5 days while raising millions for the arts.) Purple ( who gave me Miss Moonshadow, the worlds most affectionate dog.) And the Marching Mountain Mamas just to name a few.

  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access and computer use

  • Dormitory style hostel, private rooms, and cabins with TV/VCR, 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, free loaner tee-shirts, outside wash station for your pots, pans, boots, other gear.

  • Outfitters store with 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.

  • Hikers payphone, which also receives calls, on our front deck. Great prices on pre-paid phone cards. Fax and package drop-off service, and access to Inter-net service.

  • We accept mail-drops 12 months out of the year, we accept everything, Fed-Ex, UPS, and USPS parcels at no charge.

  • Free bikes for town trips. Erwin’s municipal bike and walking path is less than one mile from our front door.

  • Responsible, legal, insured shuttle services for section hiking, slack packing, airport, bus station, motel and town.

  • Free town and church shuttles for guests.

  • 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. Work exchange is possible

  • Responsible pet owners with well-mannered dogs are welcome .

  • One of the Hiker Services that we have here is that we send out mail drops to hikers around the trail here in the U.S.

  • We will be glad to set up and coordinate all your mail drops along the way for you at no additional charge. We will send out your packages at the date and place you specify.