Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 289 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
2086 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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5 days ago

This was a very fun trail. Great views and it covers part of the AT.

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14 days ago

Hiked this trail on Thursday. Incredible views especially at the top of Charles Bunion. A little more difficult than what I was expecting. Thought the first mile was the hardest since it's basically all up hill. Took us about 3 hrs going up and 2 hrs down. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone. Even if you do not hike a lot.

18 days ago

We hiked it today. Great views!! For a novice hiker like me and my wife, it took 7hrs to complete the round trip plus the jump off. This is the longest single day hike we have done, well worth the effort, beautiful woods and the views are outstanding!! If your novice like us and in your 40s, it's a workout! Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes and socks.

19 days ago

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19 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. Don't forget to climb the top of the rocks via a trail on the right once you get to Charlie's Bunion.

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21 days ago

The view from the top was so worth it! Great day hike.

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23 days ago

Native of Gatlinburg, and this is my personal favorite day hike in the area. Panoramic views comparable to chimney tops, and despite being double the distance, the hike is gradual, and in my opinion easier. Don't let the 8 R/T deter you if you're not a regular.

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26 days ago

Great day hike to experience Applachian Trail and enjoy incredible views of Smokey Mountain NP. Bunion offers 270° views of the mountains.

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27 days ago

Excellent hike the trail can be rocky and technical in some places so make sure you wear proper shoes. The climbs aren't too bad just be aware you will be climbing in there and back. Saw a black bear about half way to the Bunion was pretty cool. Saved jump off for another time.

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