Nolichucky River Cleanup and Celebration
June 12, 2001
Nolichucky River Cleanup and Celebration, June 23rd:
The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) are hosting a Nolichucky River
Cleanup and Celebration on Saturday, June 23rd. Registration for
the cleanup will be at USA Raft, Nolichucky Expeditions at 10:00AM.
Clean teams will be grouped together and maps will be provided for various
sections of the river.
USA Rafts and Cherokee Adventures will be providing guided raft
support for the gorge cleanup. A limited number of early birds
will be able to accompany the rafts down the gorge. Open boaters
and private rafters are encouraged to help with other sections of the
river. There are also plenty of areas along the banks for non-boaters.
Pickup trucks or trailers are also needed. Trash bags and gloves will
be provided courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
After the cleanup there will be hickory smoked brisket and the fixins
provided to those that participated in the cleanup. Registered participants
will also have chances at door prizes provided by Lotus Design, USA
Raft, Cherokee Adventures, Mahoney's Outfitters, Alpine Ski Shop, Mountain
Sports Ltd., Piney Flats Bicycle & Fitness, and the Erwin Burrito
Saturday evening one of Johnson City's finest bands, Stormy Monday, will
be playing on the porch of the Davy Crockett Cabin. So, plan on
coming for the weekend, helping out with a good cause, and having a good
time in one of the prettiest gorges in Tennessee. Nolichucky Campgrounds,
adjacent to USA
Rafts, is reducing their camping fee to $4.00/night/person this weekend
for those participating in the cleanup.
Directions: The Nolichucky River is in NE Tennessee. From
Interstate 81 near Kingsport exit onto Interstate 181 South. Stay
on I-181 until you reach exit 15 (Jackson-Love Highway) near Erwin.
Cross over the interstate and turn right onto Temple Hill Road, which
runs in front of the Holiday Inn Express. Proceed about a half mile
and turn left onto River Road (There will be a sign there for the Forest
Service Chestoa Area). Go another half mile to an intersection and
turn left across the Nolichucky River bridge. Just past the bridge turn
right and follow the road through the Chestoa Area and continue to the
dead end at USA Raft and Nolichucky Campgrounds.
For more information contact the APEs Conservation Officer, Debbie Briscoe
at (423) 538-5987 or online at [email protected]