Your Bounty Awaits

Morning light filters through the trees and glints on the rippling water. The air’s buzzing with the sounds of nature rising with the sun. You’re in Unicoi County, Tennessee’s backcountry, and the hunter or angler in you is in for a real, wild experience. Whether you’re tracking game in the Cherokee National Forest or casting a line in the rushing Nolichucky River, you’ll find that perfect balance of exhilaration and relaxation while surrounded by the region’s breathtaking natural beauty.

Fish Species

Fishing Spots

Game Species

Hunting Classes

An Abundance of Possibility

Anglers, welcome to a watery paradise. Between the vast Nolichucky River and the many headwater streams hidden in the rugged Unicoi County mountains, you’re sure to find the perfect catch and leave with more than just a big fish story.

Whether you’re a beginner, seasoned professional, or somewhere in between, fishing enthusiasts will feel right at home casting a line in one of our many waterways. Don’t be surprised if you manage to hook something special. Here you’ll find all species of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black bass, rock bass, and musky. And if you happen to visit during the winter months, you’re likely to find yourself reeling in some river and rainbow trout.

Not to be outdone, Unicoi County’s game offerings are just as robust. Whether you’re bringing along a gun, muzzleloader, shotgun, or archery equipment, our forests will provide you with the terrain and wildlife that makes the sport so exciting. You can expect to leave the Cherokee National Forest victorious and your desire for the hunt satisfied.

When you venture into the depths of the Cherokee National Forest or lie in wait along our bodies of water, you’re sure to find a variety of game including white-tailed deer, black bear, elk, squirrel, rabbit, fox, otter, skunk, bobcat, beaver, coyote, turkey, grouse, quail, woodcock, snipe, canadian geese, ducks, and more. Just be sure to check Tennessee’s hunting seasons and laws to ensure your visit is successful.

If you’d like to take a deeper dive on this amazing river, visit our blog for more about the river’s history, geography, fishing, and water sporting opportunities.
Experience the Nolichucky River with the guidance of regional fishing experts. Take a guided fly fishing excursion and see what great memories will end up on your line.
Planning to cast a line during your visit to Unicoi County? No need to stay too far from the water’s edge. Enjoy lodging and camping right along the Nolichucky River.
Looking to bag the perfect game? Get all the details and dates so you can plan the perfect trip to bring home whatever you’re hoping to find.
The Cherokee National Forest offers an abundance of gaming possibilities. Learn more about the real, wild experience it offers and come prepared.
Wildlife and fish aren’t Unicoi County’s only outdoor offerings. Why not make the most of your visit and explore our wide range of hiking trails?