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Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

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4.3 mi
Distance
2 hrs 5 min
Time
terrain
1,056 ft
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Overview

This is a moderate in-and-out trail to Charlies Bunion in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike is actually a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Most of the hike on the AT is tree covered, and the scenery is very pretty. Around Charlies Bunion, there are clear views, offering some of the best long-distance sights in the Park!

This trail starts at Newfound Gap Overlook, and it passes, Icewater Spring Shelter, as well as junctions with several other trails..

Getting Started

There is excellent parking and clean restrooms at Newfound Gap. It is an extremely popular spot, however, and on sunny weekend days, you should arrive early to make sure you get a spot to park.

Taking Children

This is an 8 mile round trip hike. The first 2.7 miles is rocky, and very steep. Children could hike it with adult supervision. Once at Charlie’s Bunion, it’s imperative to closely monitor children. The “bunion” itself is a rocky outcropping, that has very steep drop offs into the Porter’s Creek watershed.



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    1 year, 5 months ago
    Great views. Crowded at the vista. Hiked with Dori.
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    1 year, 8 months ago
    One of my favorites! Definitely not easy. I’ve hiked it several times from the Newfound Gap parking lot and it is always 11-12 miles round trip. Come prepared. Lots of different terrain, beautiful. Recommend hiking especially in the fall 😍😍
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    2 years, 4 months ago
    The hike from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion via the AT is hard, but worthwhile. The first 2.7 miles is a steady climb, with lots of rocks and roots. But the views are stunning, and the trail itself is beautiful. Highly recommend.
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    2 years, 4 months ago
    Definitely not an easy hike. I’d say moderate to hard, especially during the first 2.8 on the AT. It’s a climb! The Jump Off is a nice addition.
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    3 years, 1 month ago
    Beautiful views from the bunion, be sure to sidetrack to the jump off, well worth it. This is not an easy trail, it is moderate to difficult. You gain 1,000 feet of elevation, lose 1,000 feet of elevation, and have to do it all over again coming back. It is also 4.3 miles out / 8.6 round trip. Don't know who tracked this thing but they didn't make it to the Bunion.
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rlittle 1 year, 10 months ago
Newfound Gap to Charlie's Bunion
Great day hike on AT to gorgeous overlook. AT Shelter along route. Check weather forecast before going. Ice accumulates on trail in winter/early spring so you might need yaktraks, crampons, etc.
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Will 1 year, 8 months ago
Appalachian Trail Newfound Gap to Icewater Springs and Charlie’s Bunion 1/2/21
Lori, Christina, Stacy, and I hiked this. All but Stacy stayed in the shelter. We met some nice people from Ohio, Georgia.
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charlesengelbracht 2 years, 7 months ago
New Track 2/17/20 12:27:48 PM
Newfound Gap to Charlie's Bunion..2-17-20
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joshuawalliser 3 years, 5 months ago
Hike Out To Charlie's Bunion
Date: Who: Joshua McClary
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Ryan Sears 5 years, 11 months ago
Track (10/22/16, 10:14:42AM)
Charles Bunion Lookout
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