Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 325 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.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

rocky

snow

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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7 days ago

Beautiful hike, easy to moderate. We completed in around three hours, left at 1:50p returned around 5:00p. Not too many people on the trail in mid November, the views are amazing!

11 days ago

This is truly a heavily trafficked Trail. The beginning is all uphill for a couple of miles. The return begins the same for about 1.5 miles. It’s a tough but fun hike.

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22 days ago

Great way to sample the AT. A few good outlooks on the way up help break up the climb. Charlie’s Bunion is worth the trek. The folks who maintain the trail do an excellent job- especially around the shelter.

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1 month ago

Great trail that goes to a great overlook. But Charlie’s Bunion gets super crowded with people who don’t mind littering and otherwise being obnoxious.

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1 month ago

Great moderate hike with great views at the end.

1 month ago

Great reward for the output.

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1 month ago

great trail with fantastic view.

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