Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail Hiking Tours


Hike the famous Appalachian Trail which is featured in the book and movie, A Walk in the Woods starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. We take you along one of the most scenic sections of the world famous Appalachian Trail to one of the most dramatic views in all of the Smokies, Charlies Bunion.

We start out from Newfound Gap near the Rockefeller Memorial where President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940. We journey along the Appalachian Trail through a Spruce Fir Forest to one of the most interesting rock formations in the park. Charlies Bunion is famous for the dramatic wide sweeping views of the Smokies. Its unique rocky outcropping bears one of the most peculiar names in the park. Named by one of the founding fathers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Horace Kephart.

Learn history about the famous Appalachian Trail, and how Charlies Bunion got the peculiar name as you stroll through the lush Spruce Fir Forest. Along the way you will see an abundance of high elevation wildflowers, rhododendron, flame azalea, and interesting trail features and trees. During the Summer months you may even find tasty blueberries and blackberries along the trail.

Charlies Bunion on the Appalachian Trail

 Full Day Hike: Hiking time round trip is between 6-7 hours, and we break for lunch at Charlies Bunion

Total Distance: 8.1 miles round trip

Difficulty rating:  Strenuous, trail gains elevation of 1,640 feet, with an average gain of 405 feet per mile. Rocky terrain, sturdy hiking shoes recommended as is good physical condition.

Meeting Location: For this hike we meet in the parking area for Newfound Gap Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For Reservations call (828)-421-0172,  or book securely from our website!

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