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Great Hike along the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies!

This is a great hike in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trailhead is on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Diego, California
Best hike in the Great Smoky's

We really enjoyed this hike. Nice trails, forest walk, great views and the Charlies Bunion rock at... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great hike in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trailhead is on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. There is plenty of parking a restrooms. From Newfound Gap, you will take the Appalachian Trail through the mountain's knobby divide to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this hike. Nice trails, forest walk, great views and the Charlies Bunion rock at the end is worth it. Start by parking in the Newfound Gap parking lot and start. signage is a little weak, but take the Sweet Heifer Creek Trail,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This is a fabulous hike! It is strenuous in places, but so beautiful. Just park right in the Newfoundland Gap parking lot. There is a decent restroom there. From there just head right out on the Appalachian Trail. You will go up up up! Go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Aside from a 2 mile round trip hike of the Spruce Mountain Trailer earlier in the day, I had never hiked any portion of any trail in the park. My 10 year old son and I set off around 11:30 AM for Charlie's Bunion. As...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank BaconStout
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We had hiked most of the major hikes in GSMNP but not Charlie's Bunion. I had seen photos of the rocky outcrop called the bunion and people sitting on top of it and since I have a fear of heights I figured this wouldn't be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Jacana
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Great hike-not too far from Sugarlands Visitor Center. You start the trail by walking the AT. In my opinion it wasn’t clearly marked, but I read a book that helped me along the way. The hike is pretty uphill, I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank marissa811
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I’ve already hiked Mt. LeCont, so I thought I could start checking off a few more hike boxes on the Appalachian Trail. Charlie’s Bunion is a little challenging, but the views from the top are absolutely worth it. You can see Mt. LeCont and the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank P9571ZUronaldm
Reviewed 2 January 2018

....as far as safety concerns at the end, 'warnings' shouldn't have to be posted...you are hiking in the mountains on a primitive trail, common sense should be in use...there are no hand rails, just as on most hikes on trails in the world.(absent at most...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Tom K
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Amazing hike. Words cant describe the views. Only one bad section on the way up from 0.5 miles in to 1.5 miles as your climbing uphill around the mountain and every one of the 5-6 blind curves makes you think this section is over. Get...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank faithnglory
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Let me start by saying I am 73 and my wife is 68. We do hike every week, but had not done an 8 miler before. This is a great and also challenging hike, but worth every step of the way. We watched several You...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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25 March 2018|
Response from STLBritt |
The trail is well marked. We parked at the newfound Gap and entered the Appalachian trail by the bathrooms and about 5 miles in you’ll see a sign for Charles Bunion. There’s no cell phone service until you get to Charles... More