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.

  Section Hiking Appalachian Trail

A favorite way to hike the Appalachian Trail and just as quickly becoming frowned on by purists, is a way called section hiking. Section Hiking as the name implies, is hiking a part of the Appalachian Trail and then getting off the trail. At a later time you come back and hike another section. You repeat this as many times as it takes until you finish the trail. This is an easy way to hike whenever and however long you can. If it takes you 10 years, that's fine.

We are located in the heart of the most beautiful section of the southern Appalachians. We specialize in hikes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Damascus Va. With over 25 road crossings and access points we can design a hike from 2 to over 300 miles. There is no charge for this service. Please call us (423) 735-0548

We Provide Shuttle Service To and From the Following Nantahala Outdoor Center, Fontana Dam, Newfound Gap, Davenport Gap, Interstate 40, Hot Springs, Tanyard Gap, Rich Mountain Fire Tower, Allen Gap, Devil Fork Gap, Sams Gap, Spivey Gap, Chestoa Bridge, Nolichucky River, Indian Grave Gap, Beauty Spot, U.S. Forest Service Road 230, Low Gap, Iron Mountain Gap, Hughes Gap, Carvers Gap, Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, Elk Park, Buck Mountain Road, Walnut Mountain Road, Dennis Cove Road, Highway U.S. 321, Highway U.S. 421, Damascus and more.

Beauty Spot is a natural grassy bald (summit 4,437 feet), on the A.T. between the Nolichucky River and the summit of Unaka Mountain. On a clear day, there are spectacular views of Roan Mountain, the Black Mountains, Big Bald and Flattop Mountains, and the upper Toe River Valley. Directions to the trailhead: I-81 south to I-26 south to Exit 19 (Erwin). Continue on Tenn. 395 (Rock Creek Road) to Indian Grave Gap at the Tenn-N.C. border. Turn north onto gravel USFS 230 (shown as Beauty Spot Gap Road on maps). Travel just over two miles to the spur road up and to right to the parking area.

Beauty Spot in Winter - 2011