Scenic lodging and farm
Cantarroso Farm and Apiary, LLC
Because we are trying to get into the woods and on the river more often, we are no longer providing the special services needed by AT thru hikers. However, we remain open and available for guests who prefer 'clean and private' lodging. We provide trailhead shuttles for guests with advance notice.
Cantarroso Farm is less than one mile from the Appalachian Trail, so it is the perfect lodging location for AT section hikers or those who are hiking Northeast Tennessee/ Western North Carolina trails. We offer shuttle services to trailheads for guests, but no longer are able to provide thru hiker services such as mail drop, town shuttles. or laundry (See the Services and Amenities tab for full list ). Call Mike (Sir Whines A Lot) at 423-833-7514 or Peggy (Queen Bee) at 423-360-1697, or email us at email@example.com for reservations, and to let us know how we can individualize our services for you.
We understand concerns about the COVID-19 virus and other possible contagions one might encounter during stays while traveling or hiking. Rest assured, Peggy and Mike have been conscientious about other possible contagions, such as Norovirus, since we began hosting. Our cabins are private, so you will not share space with anyone outside of your group. We clean and disinfect every surface, including countertops, remotes, doorknobs, latches, etc. before every guest. "Clean and Private" is more than a catchphrase for us.
Here's a link for great list of local trails as well as descriptions of the AT trailheads http://www.unicoicounty.org
Some of our favorites within 15-20 minutes include the following...
Rock Creek Recreational Area Waterfall, which is a steep hike along Rock Creek. The falls are approximately 2 miles up. When it is hot, playing in the falls is a real treat.
Pinnacle Trail is a very steep, longer (10 miles round trip) trek on a developed trail that can be hiked or mountain-biked. The reward after about 3 miles of uphill trekking is the best view in Northeast Tennessee from the top of a refurbished firetower. On a clear day, you can see the Emerald City! The trail intersects with an ATV trail, so be prepared for noise near the top. This is a newly developed trail, with construction of a picnic pavilion going on now at the trailhead.
Rocky Fork State Park is one of Tennessee's newest state park and remains largely undeveloped. For now, it is the best "bang for your buck" in terms of beauty for effort. You can make this hike as long and as tough as you want, with the prettiest parts in the easiest section at the trailhead. The initial mile or so follows the creek, and is very popular with local fly fishers. An AT connector trail is under construction, but one can use an existing Forest Service Trail to connect to the AT at Flint Mountain Gap.
There are six trailheads to the Appalachian Trail in Unicoi Co. that offer parking. They are listed below from from South to North.
AT Devil's Fork Trailhead: From the I-26 Temple Hill Exit, go south on Old Asheville Highway. Turn right onto TN-352 (Devil's Fork Rd) and the parking area is on the left at the TN/NC state line.
AT Sams Gap Trailhead: This trailhead parking area is located south of Flag Pond on the Old Asheville Hwy just across the TN/NC state line. The AT intersects the Old Asheville Hwy at Sam's Gap where the road goes under I-26. Hiking south towards Devil's Fork is about 8 miles of mountain trail over 3,000' elevations.
AT Spivey Gap Trailhead: This trailhead parking area is on US19W in NC, within a couple miles of the TN/NC state line. From TN, drive .3 mile past the Spivey Gap Recreation Area sign to the pullout on the right. Hiking south towards Sams Gap is about 13.5 miles of trail that includes high rock overlooks and the 5,516-foot high Big Bald Mountain.
AT Chestoa Trailhead: (This is the trailhead closest to Cantarroso Farm, under a mile). From southern Erwin, go south on Temple Hill Rd for .3 mile past the Holiday Inn Express and turn left on River Rd. The AT crosses the Nolichucky River over the bridge at the first stop sign. Hiking south towards Spivey Gap is about 11 miles of climbing trail featuring beautiful views overlooking the Nolichucky River.
AT Indian Grave Gap Trailhead: This trailhead and parking area is located on TN-395 (Rock Creek Rd) on the TN side of the TN/NC state line. Hiking south toward Chestoa is about 8 miles that starts out high in the mountains and ends near Erwin at the Nolichucky River.
AT Iron Mountain Gap Trailhead: The northernmost AT trailhead in Unicoi Co.is located on TN-107 at the TN/NC state line. Hiking south towards Indian Grave Gap is 11 miles of high mountain trail over 3,500 feet elevation featuring Beauty Spot, a bald mountaintop with nearly 360 degree views.