Hike to Charlie's Bunion

Newfound Gap Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Ally Woodall

Perfect day hike that provides panoramic views you won’t wantto miss!

The trailhead to reach Charlie’s Bunion starts at theNewfound Gap parking lot, where there are usually spots open. The trailheadoffers bathroom facilities to the left of the overlook, as well. The hikebegins heading east along the Appalachian Trail. 

The first 2 miles are moderately steep, however offer beautifulviews along the way. There are a couple areas to the sides of the trail alongthe way where hikers can pull off to catch their breath or snag a drink ofwater. At about 3 miles from the trailhead, you’ll reach the Boulevard Trail junctionwhich leads to Mt. LeConte. To reach Charlie’s Bunion follow the sign andcontinue hiking straight along the trail.  

Just before you reach it, there’s a sign leading you down atrail towards Charlie’s Bunion, which is actually a slight downhill hike.Hikers will then reach an exposed cliff that follows the edge to the final destination.Once at Charlie’s Bunion, you can climb up onto the actual rock feature forsome cool photos. But be sure to watch your footing up here. Take in thepanoramic views of the north, east, and west Smokies.


8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1600 ft Gain




Chillin, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Easy Parking

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