Charlies Bunion and Bradley Fork

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Charlies Bunion and Bradley Fork

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a terrific three-day hike, encompassing much of what the Smokies have to offer. You spend half the time hiking on the high-elevation crest and the other half along headwater streams and through lush forests. With three backcountry shelters and one backcountry campsite, the hike offers several camping options.

Nearly everyone who visits the Smokies spends a little time at Newfound Gap, where this hike begins. Unless you just like hanging out in crowds, you’ll want to park and hit the trail quickly. However, don’t expect to get away from everyone on this hike. The first 4.0 miles to Charlies Bunion is a classic Smokies hike, and as such, it can be crowded any time of year except winter. Winter hiking along this trail is very rewarding, with great vistas and the opportunity for seeing interesting ice formations, but only experienced hikers should attempt it."

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Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 days
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Clingmans Dome, Mount Le Conte, Mount Guyot, and Smokemont USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
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