Charlies Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#8 of 18 in Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Characterized by a picturesque steep-sided outcrop just beneath the summit, Charlies Bunion offers expansive, breathtaking mountain views. Leave the traffic noise and hubbub behind and walk along the narrow ridge crest tunneling through deep conifers to reach this bare-rock mountain peak, which rises 1,696 m (5,565 ft) above sea level. Wear sturdy shoes and watch your footing. In addition to 488 m (1,600 ft) elevation change, plenty of roots, jagged rocks, and steep drop-offs make this hike quite challenging. If you feel like resting on your way up or back down, stop at the Icewater shelter. Work out when and for how long to visit Charlies Bunion and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our handy Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planning tool.
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  • The view is worth the hike. It took us about 3.5 hours out and back and we Spent about 45 minutes eating lunch and enjoying the view. This is a fairly easy to moderate hike. Conditions are wet and...  more »
  • Didn't realize how out of shape I was. But we all made it to the top. And it was definitely worth it. The trail is not easy. There are a lot of uneven areas where you are stepping up and over roots...  more »
  • Even with it being so foggy we could barely see anything it was still one of our favorite hikes we've ever done in the Smoky Mountains. I can't wait to do it again!
  • One of my favorite smoky mountain hikes. Absolutely gorgeous hike the entire way to the bunion. Get their early on the morning because if not you will be waiting in line to check it out.

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