Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 260 reviews

Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

8.7 miles
2086 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



old growth



washed out

no dogs

Nice hike along the summit of the Smokies, with views of Charles Bunion. The trail starts off with a gradual ascent of about 300 feet in the first mile. For the most part, the trail is tree covered, but there are a few views on the way to the Ice Water Spring-AT shelter. The shelter is one of the nicer structures along the AT in North Carolina. It sleeps 12, but a permit and reservation are required through the Park Service. Some of the comments in the AT logbook note that Elk have been seen in this area. The trail continues onto a side trail about a mile north of the shelter. This trail is well marked and goes left to Charles Bunion. This is a large rock out cropping created years ago by a fire, rain and subsequent landslide.

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Probably my favorite hike in the park. Not too long and not too short. Has a few steep sections but overall fairly easy going and has great views on several parts of the trail. Only problem is that it can get rather crowded when the weather is nice.

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15 days ago

We brought our daughter and boyfriend here to share this awesome gem of a view and to say they hiked the AT. We have section hikes 11 of the 14 States and rate Charlie's Bunion in the top 5

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21 days ago

I really loved this hike! Nearly everyone on the trail was in jolly spirits and once you get past the crowds you are in for a real treat once you reach the bunion. It was a great intro to the park and the smokies!

22 days ago

Beautiful hike and views from the top! Really enjoyed the part of the hike following the ridge, very peaceful.

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29 days ago

Loved this trail! There are some peekaboo views of the mountains throughout and it's pretty rugged and fun to hike. The summit is the best!

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1 month ago

Beautiful view. The trail isn't too crowded but you will see people. We did this trail around 2 on a Thursday we saw about 15 people at the summit. When you get to the end of the trail at the sign that says Charlie's Bunion Closely Control Children, if you head to the right you can get to a higher secluded vantage point.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike. Rainy and cloudy so we missed the views. Will be back!

1 month ago

Pretty decent hike to the top. The view was beautiful but a storm rolled in and we couldn't see a ton. Then it started raining on us on the way down. Crazy time but super fun!