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Worth the Hike

Aside from a 2 mile round trip hike of the Spruce Mountain Trailer earlier in the day, I had never... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Great view at the end

We had hiked most of the major hikes in GSMNP but not Charlie's Bunion. I had seen photos of the... read more

Reviewed 19 July 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

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

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

1  Thank Marissa E
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

1  Thank Ronald M
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

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

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

8  Thank Gene A
Reviewed 30 August 2017

And yet, I'm doing it anyway. Uh, I'm not much of a hiker, nor am I much of a sightseer. The hike -- from the Newfound Gap, an 8-mile round trip -- was moderately rigorous. It was worthwhile. I am glad the trails were not...More

3  Thank TheCrazyCam
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My husband and I wanted a new hike since we've done many of the over-crowded touristy trails in the Smokies many times before. The 8 miles out and back to Charlie's Bunion seemed like a bit more than I could handle (we originally planned to...More

3  Thank Sheri H
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I'm not giving this a full 5 stars because it was absolutely rainy and foggy the day we went. Not anybody's fault or anything but we didn't get to experience this trail in it's full glory so that's why I'm not able to give it...More

1  Thank Carson T
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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