Parking on the TN/NC Appalachian Trail

Section 10 - Nolichucky River, TN to Spivey Gap (US 19W), NC Displayed from North to South

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Nolichucky River - W. end Chestoa bridge
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1.8 miles southwest of Erwin on TN 36. There is a restaurant gas station/grocery with limited supplies. 2/1/06
Roadside parking may be possible along Unaka Spring Road. Click on the B imarker on the attached map and choose Street view. Rotate to a north view to see a car parked on the grass on the west side of the road. Parking may also e available at Uncle Johnnys for a fee. The A marker on the attached map is at the west end of the Chestoa Bridge over the Nolichucky River. This is the official southern end of Section 9 and the northern end of Section 10. Click on the A marker, choose Street View and rotate to the southeast to see the trail route. Northbound to Section 9 goes over the bridge using a pedestrian walkway. Southbound to Section 10 initially goes south on Unaka Springs Road then goes right into the woods. The view to the north shows Uncle Johnnys hostel which is famous among thru-hikers.

The B marker shows the point where the southbound trail leaves Unaka Springs Road. The Street View north from this point shows the trail coming from the bridge. It follows the walkway on the right side of the road. Rotate to the west to see the trail starting to ascend. 12/07/09
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From I-26 take Exit 40 for Jackson Love Highway. This is near Erwin, TN. Go east on Jackson Love Highway. Take the first right onto Temple Hill Road. Go 0.8 miles and take the first right onto River Road. The intersection with River Hill Road is 0.5 miles further. The Chestoa Bridge is to the left. GPS 36.10511, -82.44745. 06/21/10
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More parking is available on the other side of the bridge. See Mile 19.9 and 20.0 of Section 9. 06/21/10
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Spivey Gap - trail crossing
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At crosses US 19W near Spivey Gap 1.5 miles from the TN/NC state line. 2/3/2006 6
Take Exit 43 off I-26 and follow US 19W southbound. From the exit it isbout 9 miles to the trail crossing.

GPS N 36.03210 W 82.42035
US 19W at Spivey Gap is the south end of Section 10 and the north end of Section 11. The marker on the attached map indicates the trail crossing. Rotate the street view to the east to see the northbound trail to Section 10 on the left. The southbound trail to Section 11 is less clearly defined but a bit of treadway can be seen on the right in the south view. Either view also shows the parking a short distance away. 12/25/15 6-8 1
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Spivey Gap - Recreation area
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On Route 19W there is parking at the Spivey Gap Recreation Area. This is about a quarter mile north of the AT trail crossing on Rt 19W. (See above). The street view from south to southeast shows the entrance road to the recreation area.. 08/06/11 1
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