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    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Hike to Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion

Enjoy breathtaking mountain views along the world-famous Appalachian Trail on this hike to a pictureque stone outcrop known as Charlies Bunion.

 

Details about taking this hike:

Trail: Appalachain Trail

Driving to the Trailhead: Drive on Newfound Gap Road to Newfound Gap parking lot which is 13.2 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center or 16 miles from Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The trailhead is to the left of the overlook, at the end of the parking lot near the restrooms.

Hiking Distance: 4.0 miles one way to Charlies Bunion

Trail Conditions:Elevation change of 1,600 feet; this is a firm-packed trail that traverses some exposed cliffs.

Notes: The Appalachian Trail heads out in two directions from Newfound Gap - one way towards Clingmans Dome and one way towards Charlies Bunion. The trail aslo continues beyond Charlies Bunion and goes all the way to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

 
Charlies Bunion Location Map
Charlies Bunion Location Map

Did You Know?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.