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.

  Local Waterfalls

Here you will find videos of actual folks that have done the Trail. We would like to thank the fine people at Google and YouTube who are so kind to make the videos available.

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Directions to some of the local waterfalls:
  • Red Fork Falls:
    I-26 to Exit #32 towards the Town of Unicoi. Go .08 miles to TN-107. Turn left, go 7.6 miles, turn right on Unaka Mtn Rd. Continue .7 mile to gravel road. Path to falls is 100 ft ahead.

  • Upper Rock Creek Falls:
    I-26 to Exit #43 (Temple Hill Rd). Go south on US19W for 1.1 miles. Turn left, stay on 19W for 3 miles to unmarked paved road on right. Take narrow road to falls.

  • Rocky Fork Falls:
    I-26 to Exit #50 (Flag Pond). At stop sign turn left on Higgins Creek Rd. Drive .5 mile to TN-23, turn right and travel 2.25 miles to Flag Pond. Turn left onto Rocky Fork Rd. Park and follow the gravel line on foot into Rocky Fork. Falls are .25 mile on left.

  • Lower Higgins Falls:
    Take I-26 to the Temple Hill exit #43 just south of Erwin and then turn right onto the old Asheville Highway (19/23), after 3/4 mile, turn right onto Lower Higgins Creek Road and drive 1.5 miles till you reach a dead end. There's a clearing where you can park. The trail is actually an old logging road which begins to the left over an old wooden bridge. While there are "No Trespassing" signs all around, there is not one at the trail head. The trail is public land. The waterfall is about a mile in on your right. The trail has a moderate grade, with the exception of the last quarter mile, when it becomes steep. You'll be able to see the waterfall down a steep 100 foot slope on your right.

  • Lower Dicks Creek Falls:
    From Rock Creek Park... go past the picnic area and park near the bath house just before the entrance to the campground. From there, walk towards the campground and you'll immediately see the trail head for the hiking/biking trail that follows the creek. After about a half mile you'll see a footbridge -- turn left and cross it, and afterward you will come to a fork with a sign pointing to Rattlesnake Ridge to the left, take that trail. Follow it approximately 3/4 of a mile (there are a few small creek crossings and some switchbacks) at which point you'll come to a very small field referred to as Dick's Creek Gap.
    Here there are two roads and two trails. One of the trails you just came from -- the other trail (on your right) leads to Rattlesnake Ridge and eventually makes its way to Unaka Mountain Overlook. Of the two roads.... the one on the left is marked "Dark Hollow", but to get to the falls take the one to the right.
    Follow that road for about 3/4 of a mile where you'll cross over Dick's Creek. A little ways further (30 yards) you'll turn right on an unmarked logging road. From here it is 1/3 of a mile (approximately 600 paces) to an unmarked opening on your right... (If you pass an open,grassy fied on the right, you went a bit too far.) If you listen you should be able to hear the falls about 30 yards away. The falls empty into a deep grotto, so be careful when searching for them. The best view is from below.

  • Pine Ridge Falls:
    Take I-26 to the Erwin/Jonesborough exit (#37). Head West (towards Jonesborough) on Rt. 81/107 for 6.5 miles. Stay on Rt. 107 by turning left and continue for 5 more miles. Turn left onto Clark's Creek Road and drive 3.1 miles into the Cherokee National Forest to a parking area on the left. A sign will indicate the trailhead for Sill Branch Falls. Travel another two tenths on up the road for Pine Ridge Falls.

  • Spivey Falls:
    1-26 to Exit #36 (Main Street, Erwin). At light turn right, go .2 mile, then right on Rock Creek Rd. Continue 3.1 miles to Rock Creek Park. Take camping loop C to trailhead.