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The day was fogged in, so unfortunately we didn’t get any of the awesome vistas. But we could imagine them. We did however still have a great hike. The leaves are gone at the upper elevations now but there is color (every shade of green) in the moss, ferns, and undergrowth. Still quite amazing. I’d rate the trail as moderate, and found it a nice leisure hike. We stopped at the shelter for a bite to eat and were greeted by a die and two fawns grazing in the reeds in front of us. That was our ‘10’, along with the shades of green undergrowth. We decided to head back from there since there was no expected view from Charlie’s Bunyan ; we’ll be back on a clear day. I rated 5 stars as I didn’t want to down rate it for the weather. This has all the makings of an awesome trail.

hiking
5 days ago

I went with some friends that was fairly new at hiking. We got there about 10:30 in the morning and went on all the trials, some were very strenuous with climbing over boulder and rocks. My first time there and would do this again, the views were beautiful with the fall foliage in the area.

hiking
6 days ago

Be prepared for a bit of a climb but overall a really nice trail and the views at the top make it well worth it!

Hiked this loop with my dog. Went up South Old Mac, up to the Fire Tower, then down North Old Mac. If I did it again, I'd probably go up the North trail and down the South trail because South Old Mac was steeper. There aren't a lot of views or streams to enjoy on this hike, but it's a beautiful walk through the woods.

No guardrail from the viewing area at the top of the falls!
At the trailhead you go left to view the falls from the top- go right to climb to the bottom. There is no trail running here- it’s all rock scrambling! Really, if you’re not going to climb the rocks to view the falls from the bottom, there’s no point in going!! Ozone is beautiful and definitely worth seeing just take your time and be careful as the mist from the falls creates slippery rocks. You could spend all day climbing and adventuring the back half of the pool and on down stream!
There is parking on the side of the road and across the street.

One of the first hikes I did of the weekend! It was definitely a challenge and pretty long but well worth the hike up! Weather was beautiful, part of the mountains were frosted off from the sun not hitting them just yet. The views are to die for! Keep your speed steady.

Really worth it when you see the view! Kids might think this is “moderate” but this old dude w bad knees and a pacemaker says it is most definitely worthy of a “hard” rating! But a great hike!

Location
The trailhead starts in the Newfound Gap Overlook parking lot. It's on the left side right next to the bathrooms! It is labeled Appalachian Trail. Nothing about Charlie's Bunion is listed.
About 1.5 miles in there is a spit in the trail. Go left!
Still no mention of Charlie's Bunion haha.

Splits in the trail
Whenever there is a split in the trail choose the Appalachian Trail side. I believe the next split is at mile 3 or so. Choose to go right there.


Views
On your way to the Bunion you have lots of views and even a chance to check out a shelter. Be mindful of thru hikers who may be using that as a resting spot.


The Bunion is better than any picture so hike it yourself! We even did a shoot off to the Jump Off and wow!!!

Moderate is right
We were exhausted from the constant climb up to the Bunion and are legs were sore Dr the long walk back down (burning calves). Moderate is an accurate listing for this trail. Not super technical, but definitely a work out.

Time it right
We got on the trail around 7:30 and had it mostly to ourselves. We passed at least 50 hikers on our way down though, so get there early!

Conditions
It is wet/icy and VERY windy!

A lot of incline but the views were incredible. We started around 12pm and there was a little bit of ice on the trail but overall a great hike.

backpacking
17 days ago

We hiked in this past weekend from Beech Gap gate on Cherohala Skyway. From that gate to the far side of B’Bald measured 3.8 miles one-way.

Fairly strenuous but short-lived climb up to B’Bald but worth the work. Great views and peaceful place to enjoy the Wilderness. Plenty of clear water and downed limbs for campfire. You might be tempted to sing a chorus or two from ‘The Sound of Music’.

A nice trail, though steep and rocky. It’s definitely a good workout, with great views from the top.

hiking
19 days ago

These trails include waterfalls, creek walks, bluff views of the water and forest below, and some rock climbing opportunities. About six miles if you take it all in, probably more if you explore all trails. As stated, trails are very well marked. Go enjoy it!

This is such a fun trail! I started off at 8:30am on a weekday, went up seeing only maybe 3 or 4 other people, and had the Bunion to myself for a good 20 minutes. The view is absolutely stunning! On the way back, I turned on to Boulevard Trail to go to The Jumpoff. The fall colors were brighter than anywhere else, and the view was definitely worth it. My GPS clocked it as 9.5 miles (and 2500 calories burned, so bring snacks to keep up your energy!)
I wear trailrunning shoes, and found most of the trail pretty easy to navigate. Definitely wear appropriate shoes; running shoes are not gonna be a good idea. By the time I got back to Newfound Gap, it was busy with lots of people heading up.

Nice easy to get to waterfall. I really enjoy this waterfall in the Fall when the leaves are changing.

This was a great hike. The ending was epic! So glad we did it!

Awesome hike! But very busy, we had to pass and stop for people coming the other way quite often. The scenery was beautiful and the view at the end was worth it. The trail was rocky with lots of roots so you have to watch your footing!

hiking
23 days ago

A short trail but the lower trail to the falls is beautiful...a must see

hiking
23 days ago

Loved this Falls! Pretty blue water! I actually climbed down the steep rocky mountain to get to the falls. Would like to come back in summer time and swim in water.

Great hike! Very rocky and uneven in parts but the view is worth it. We also hiked to the Jump Off and it was just as beautiful! Great hike all around!

hiking
26 days ago

Easy morning hike. Took a little over 2 hours, including a couple stops to admire the views.

we did this and branched off to include the jump off and everthing totalled out to 4hrs 23min and 8.8 miles. i think it was a total of 3.9 miles uphill. i slept good that night!
i usually start early (6am) but since the sun is coming up later we started at 9am. it still wasnt crowded and having the sun directly overhead at the bunion really helped with some good pictures

on Point Trail

28 days ago

great trail! not to hard, I'd say low moderate level. great views! we did it for a sunrise hike with #hikemoco and it was great! I've done this trail in 3/4 seasons now and it never disappoints.

The view from Charlie’s Bunion is amazing. When we hiked up it was cloudy foggy and cold on the way up. Once we cleared the tree line the clouds started to lift and clear. When we got to Charlie’s Bunion it was clear and the view was amazing. Well worth the hike up the hill. Recommend you hit the trail early to avoid the crowds. Hardly anyone on the trail on the way up however on the way down there was literally 50 to 100 plus groups on the way up.

There are no views.... only cell towers.

Really good hike. Went in about 10 am. Wasn’t too busy. Came out about 2pm and it was very busy. Get there early.

nice hike, a few views on the way up. we started early in morning in heavy fog. it opened up by the time we reached the bunion. the forest was great in the fog, lots of good pics. if it's a clear day do the jump off for a added bonus.

The view would have been amazing if it wasn’t cloudy!! Overall a good hike. Mostly through woods but there are a few spots along this 4 mile hike with very nice views. Be careful at the bunions, they are literally a straight drop down on both sides.

The view at Charlie Bunion is just amazing!! Worth a shot. Make sure you carry enough water cause it's not an easy hike.

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