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New owner renovates facility

Cherokee Outdoor Adventures, which showcases nature’s beauty from the Devil’s Looking Glass to the Nolichucky River, is now under new management.
New owner Sammy Weaver is in the process of renovating the 12-acre property located right outside Erwin on Jonesborough Road and has hit the ground running since purchasing the facility at the end of 2014.
“We’ve been in renovations,” Weaver said. “As far as turning a department store into part of the office area, renovating the bathhouse, campground and getting our 15 bunkhouses a little bit more up to standard.”
Even with the work ongoing, Cherokee Outdoor Adventures already offers a multitude of activities for visitors. The front office features merchandise, including T-shirts and photos of rafting trips.
And rafting trips are just the tip of the iceberg. The facility has approximately a quarter-mile on the river, Weaver said, and the majority of that has been opened up to provide more river access for rafting and fishing after clearing brush.
A volleyball court, horseshoe pits, cornhole and inner tube rentals are also available.
“We have some things we’re working on for the future,” Weaver said. “RV lots are something we’re working on this upcoming fall to have ready for next season. We’re also going to put in a zip-line this fall … I’m not sure if it’ll be operational by the end of the year, but that is the goal. If not, it will be by spring of next year.”
Guided fishing trips are already available on the river from different businesses in Boone, Weaver said, but he is looking into finding a local fishing company to have tax dollars coming into Unicoi County.
Giving back to the community that he grew up in is important, Weaver added.
Weaver was originally from Erwin, but moved to Jacksonville as a child with his family. During the last decade, Weaver lived in Cosby, Tenn., but is in the process of coming back to the Valley Beautiful.
“I love the atmosphere here,” he said. “It feels great to see a lot of old and familiar faces. The small-town friendliness is great. My parents recently moved back to the area from Florida, so it’s great to be back with the family, too.”
High expectations are brewing for Cherokee Outdoor Adventures. The improvements on the property follow the trend of renovations in Erwin, he added.
“The future is on the upswing for the community,” Weaver said. “With the addition of the overpass, redoing the streets … the great thing is the community always supports the local businesses and that lets the community keep growing.”
Outdoor lovers can take in the sights and sounds of Cherokee Outdoor Adventures any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call the front office at 743-7733 or 1-800-445-7238.