During my SOBO '21 thru-hike, I enjoyed the experience of each and every hostel I stayed in. Each one has its own personality... a flavor, and each was a gamble. I loved the adventure of not knowing who I would meet, how much money I would spend, and how long I would end up staying (based on the first two factors).
It became my passion to own a hostel and I found the perfect one for me in Uncle Johnny's. I cherish the history of UJ; I like the town of Erwin more and more; and I love being the owner of UJ.
Many crazy, good times are ahead of Uncle Johnny's and I will share thousands of unique experiences with NOBOs, SOBOs, Flip-Floppers, and Section/Day hikers for decades to come.
The Appalachian Trail travels 71 miles in Tennessee. There is another 200 miles of trail that travels along or near the Tennessee/North Carolina border that is featured under North Carolina.
The main features of this part of the trail include Iron Mountain and Watauga Lake. During this section of the AT you'll also stroll along the Elk River, pass Jones Falls & Mountaineer Falls and see the impressive 50-foot Laurel Falls in the Pond Mountain Wilderness. There are eight shelters spread along this section as well as a few towns close to major road crossings.
Memorable places along this section of the Appalachian Trail include White Rocks Mountain, Coon Den Falls, Laurel Fork Falls, Pond Flats, Watauga Dam, Watauga Lake, Nick Grindstaff Monument, McQueens Knob, and ....UNCLE JOHNNY's!!!!