Hike Charlies Bunion

Posted by David  
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Charlies Bunion is one of the more popular (and fun) day-hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s about 8.1 miles roundtrip so give yourself plenty of time to hike in and get out. Charlies Bunion rises to an elevation of 5,565 feet, but you only do about 1,640 feet in elevation during the hike.

To get to Charlies Bunion, start at the Newfound Gap parking lot. The trail to Charlies Bunion, via the Appalachian Trail, is not hard to find. Just follow the signs. It’s funny – you’ll see a sign when you get there that reads “Closely control children.” When you reach the summit there is not a lot of room to move around and it’s all rocks. There aren’t picnic benches or anything. You do this hike for the magnificent view.

Check out this video from the summit.

Newfound Gap

Posted by David  
Filed under Hiking, Sightseeing

Newfound Gap is a mountain pass in the Great Smoky Mountains. Newfound Gap is near the North Carolina and Tennesse border accessible from US 441 (also known as Newfound Gap Road). This is one of my favorite destinations in the Smokies. Not only is the scenic drive magnificent, but you also can visit the Rockefeller Memorial – the site where former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally dedicated the park on September 2, 1940.

rockefeller memorial

Newfound Gap is one of the most popular destination in the Smokies. There is a large parking lot and plenty of hiking trails in the area, including the Appalachian Trail. It is generally pretty crowded if you go during the summer/fall seasons. Kids love to climb on the rocks by the Memorial and parents love to walk to the top of the Memorial. From here you can see for miles. One of the best views in the entire park.

newfound gap road