AT Nolichucky River/Indian Grave Gap is a 8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Erwin, TN and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Peaceful river hike through new growth forest Your hike begins at west end corner of the Chestoa Bridge across from the Nolichucky Hostel.Head east crossing the bridge, then turn R on Jones Branch Road and then look into woods for white blaze to p/u the trail..2 mi you will have to cross a railroad track. It is very active and will approach without sound or warning, cross with extreme caution.The trail now begins to climb and runs parallel to the road and offers views of the river.1.3mi you will come to the Nolichucky Campground follow blazes to the left.1.8 mi you will begin to climb the mountain.2.9 mi you will find the Curley Maple Shelter a cinder block shelter with tin roof and one bunk sleeps 5.Water located 100' S of AT or if dry, backtrack .1mi to Jones Branch.Continue north for .1mi to reach Curley Maple Gap and the site of a CCC shelter from the 1930s.5.5mi you will reach a gap and old trails on both sides.Follow blazes straight, trail levels out until you reach a gravel road at Indian Grave Gap.
My dog and I parked at the bridge and walked 5.15 miles up. Then ran back down. Great trail, neat water crossings. Nice people. It was pretty busy.
My difficulty rating "moderate - PLUS" because over two-thirds of trail was rocky. Tough going for small feet.
great day hike, but very rocky!
Some nice areal views of Erwin TN, lots of water flow on the streams and one area was looked like it needed a bridge (had to walk though a tree log. Great hike! From lots of rain to crazy winter storm during the night camping by the end.