Spring Road Status
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Hike to 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.
Did You Know?
About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...