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Charlies Bunion

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Great hike.

I'm not giving this a full 5 stars because it was absolutely rainy and foggy the day we went. Not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carson T
Louisville, Kentucky
Great Hike - Not as crowded as expected.

We were in Knoxville for a wedding, and we almost skipped this hike as I had read of the need to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charles S
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Carson T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Knoxville for a wedding, and we almost skipped this hike as I had read of the need to start early and also about how crowded the park was in the summer. (Knoxville was also very hot and humid while we were there.)...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my very first stop on my first visit ever to the Smoky Mountains and I was spoiled -- a great hike up and back with fantastic views in nearly every direction! I don't know what can top sitting up on the bunion eating...More

2  Thank Susanna C
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed this hike. It is quite rocky in some areas but worth every minute of it. It was cool being on the Appalachian Trail and seeing the icewater spring shelter that the thru hikers stay in. It was foggy when we...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 July 2017

My husband and I loved Charlie Bunion and would definitely hike it again. It ties with Ramsey Cascade and Alum Cave Bluffs as our favorite hikes due to the panoramic views, length, and interesting features encountered during the hike. When we got back back to...More

1  Thank Brenda S
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This trail starts out in a heavy traffic area so get there early. Get on the trail as soon as you can and bring a box of Little Debbies if you are there between April and May. You will want to find "through hikers" from...More

Thank TheGreenAuthor
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We visited the Great Smoky Mountains NP in late April and did 7 hikes. This hike was our favourite. The trail is 8 mi/12.9 km roundtrip and is rated moderate. We're avid hikers, started this hike at 11am on a mild and breezy Sunday (75...More

2  Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Great hiking experience on the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion. Great views of the mountains and very doable if you are in fair or better shape.

Thank Sid B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I'm surprised Charlie's Bunion does not have more reviews than this. If you are visiting the Smokies, you must go to Charlie's Bunion. My wife, brother, and I visited this past October. I recommend to visit in October because of the fall colors on the...More

Thank Joshua C
Reviewed 1 March 2017

First time on 02/24/17- agree with the moderate rating. Less than ten areas where the path was beyond a normal step height, requiring some reaching. One description I had read was you feel like you're walking on the spine of the Appalachian Mountains – there...More

2  Thank Rose P
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Sarah B
15 September 2016|
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Response from Jill W | Reviewed this property |
I hope this isn't to late but when you get to the bunion the last 50 yards is pretty steep and was windy! I'm afraid of heights but made it. The rest of the trail is great! My first time in the Appalachian and was a little... More