Charlies Bunion

Knoxville, Tennessee 37998

Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion Professional Review and Guide

"Leave Newfound Gap and head northbound on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Rise amid rare spruce-fir forest with occasional clearings that present warm-up views. Pass Icewater Spring trail shelter before descending a knife-edge ridge. Come to the outcrop where astounding views into the Volunteer State and beyond open wide.

The view from Charlies Bunion is arguably the park’s finest. Unlike a view from a fire tower or a rounded peak, Charlies Bunion boasts a vista from a cliff face with an abrupt drop of more than 1,000 feet. There will also be fine views on your hike to the bunion, interspersed with sections of spruce-fir high-country forest. Since the park tries to keep Newfound Gap Road open year-round, this trek is a good way to jump into the maw of a high-country winter. Spring and fall are fine times when skies are clear. Summer will be busy—very busy."

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Trail Information

Knoxville
Nearby City
8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
5,015 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,105 feet
Top Elevation
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 865-436-1200, nps.gov/grsm
Local Contacts
Great Smoky Mountains National Park map; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Clingmans Dome and USGS Mount Le Conte
Local Maps

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Jul 2018