Get A Leg Up On Adventure

Peaceful tranquility or heart pumping endurance, the choice is yours. Head down beaten paths or up along less frequented trails and find your stride in the wild forests of Unicoi County, Tennessee. Discover stunning vistas and breathtaking waterfalls or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, spend the day following in the footsteps of people from around the globe as you hike a stretch of the legendary Appalachian Trail.

50+ Miles
of AT

6 AT

Walking & Hiking Trails

Gorgeous Waterfalls

Get Away and Reconnect

Let the hustle and bustle of city life fade away as you embark on a hiking adventure in Unicoi County. Nestled into the towering Cherokee National Forest, this rugged paradise is a beacon to outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Experience stunning views from The Beauty Spot bald, find tranquility between trees in the fairy tale-like Emerald Forest, and reach new heights at Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower. These are just a few of the incredible hikes the region has to offer. Although rich in beauty and adventure, perhaps Unicoi County’s most famous hiking attraction is the Appalachian Trail, which winds for 50+ miles across the thru-hiker-friendly communities of Unicoi County.

If you’re looking for a hike with some refreshment, several trails in Unicoi County give you gorgeous views or access to water. Whether you’re climbing alongside the Nolichucky River, or headed to one of the many waterfalls, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. There are plenty of gorgeous spots in Unicoi County with waterfalls that are well-worth the climb, including Buckeye Falls, Martin Creek Falls, Pine Ridge Falls, Rock Creek Falls, and Rocky Fork Falls.

While Unicoi County has enough outdoor experiences to keep you busy your whole time here, there are also numerous hikes and waterfalls just outside the county in surrounding communities that you’ll find are worth considering a visit to explore as well.

If you’ve yet to reach the peak in your hiking exploration, visit our blog for more about some of Unicoi County’s most beloved and beautiful hiking adventures.
Learn more about this renowned hiking trail that hosts 3 million visitors annually along various portions of its 14-state stretch. Have what it takes to thru-hike all 2,200 miles?
Good things are always worth the effort. From low and moderate to high endurance, Unicoi County and the surrounding region has waterfalls for every hiking skill level.

Learn more about the Unaka Ranger District of this majestic national forest, and discover everything it has to offer in Unicoi County and the surrounding areas.

Whether you forget to pack an essential for your hike or get here and decide on a whim that you can’t resist the call of our mountains, here you’ll find everything you need.
Hiking the terrain of Unicoi County’s sure to work up a sweat. Luckily, the world-famous Nolichucky River cuts through our communities and offers a slew of ways to cool down.