When we decided on the Great Smokey Mountain Memorial Day long weekend trip, I started searching where we could go and what to explore. When I saw pictures of the view from Charlie’s Bunion, I decided to go hiking Charlie’s Bunion. The Appalachian Trail is more than 2000 miles long and one of the longest hiking-only footpaths in the world. It ranges from Maine to Georgia. Charlie’s Bunion is a small part of the Appalachian Trail in Smoky Mountain National Park. Before planning your hiking trip, get all your required gear for hiking, as it will be an 8-mile round trip. You can check my post on hiking essentials.
How to get there?
- Enter the address for the Newfound Gap parking area in your GPS. The exact address is Newfound Gap Parking Area, Bryson City, NC 28713
- Follow Newfound Gap road; you will see signs for a parking lot.
- They have a big parking lot, but it gets full, as this place is famous among hikers and travelers for its incredible view.
Must follow tips for Hiking at Charlie’s Bunion
- Comfortable, sturdy, and good grip Hiking Shoes as the hiking path is rocky.
- Carry a hiking bag so that you can keep all your required essentials. If you are hiking in a group, share the bag so you don’t have to carry it alone.
- At least 2 Bottles of water and Energy drinks.
- Depending on your speed, this hike will take a minimum of 4-5 hours; carry required food such as fruits, protein bars, or sandwiches.
- This trail is rocky and inclined, so those not comfortable with it think twice before hiking it.
Charlie’s Bunion at the Smoky Mountains
For Charlie’s Bunion, you must park your car in the Newfound Gap Parking area. You will get a nice view from the parking lot itself. Those not hiking, walk around the parking lot and enjoy the view from different angles. And those planning to hike, get ready and gear up with all your hiking essentials. I would advise you to use the restrooms at the starting point because you will not get restroom facilities until you reach to shelter, which is about 3 miles.
This trail is called the “Appalachian Trail.” It continues beyond “Charlie’s Bunion,” so follow the path and check the signs. Sometimes they write “A.T” on the signboard.
Charlie’s bunion has 4-mile hiking one way, so around 2.7 miles are stiff uphill, and 1.3 miles are downhill. The hiking trail has rocks and uneven surfaces, so watch out while walking on the path. This trail has made on the mountain’s edge, which means it consists of slopes. This trail might get slippery in the rainy season, so be careful. Instead of focusing on finishing this trail faster, concentrate on hiking safely. There is no doubt you will get to see the stunning view of the mountains and valleys.
I had never seen such an incredible view of the mountain. As this place was higher, you could see clouds covering the view now and then.