Unicoi County, Tennessee: An Appalachian Trail Community

Unicoi County, Tennessee, was one of the very first areas designated by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as a Gateway Community to the Appalachian Trail (AT).

In fact, Unicoi County was the fourth community to ever receive this treasured title. Since 2009, the name of the honor has become the Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program, but the valuable contribution from our friends in this beloved section of the AT has only grown.

The AT runs for more than 50 miles inside Unicoi County -- almost 20% of the total within all of Tennessee. Six trailheads offer convenient parking for access to the trail.

Unicoi County -- named after the Cherokee Indian word for "fog-like" -- is a delightful haven with a rich cultural and historical past. The Cherokee National Forest comprises roughly half of the entire county.

The Appalachian Trail Community program has these goals:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

We are grateful to Unicoi County, TN, for their outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of the Appalachian Trail.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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