Charlies Bunion via Appalachian TrailModerate

Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail

Distance (One Way)

4.2 miles

Elevation Gain

1,181 feet


Newfound Gap


Gatlinburg, TN

Trail Description

Charlies Bunion is a mountain with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area. Following the Appalachian Trail, you can reach the vantage point with about an 8 mile roundtrip hike. The trail to get to Charlies Bunion isn't actually marked, but if you're following the AT, look for signs for Icewater Spring. Once you reach the spring, Charlies Bunion is about 20 minutes further.

This hike travels to rock crags along the state-line ridge, the main crest of the Smoky Mountains. By taking the AT trailhead in the corner of the Newfound Gap parking area, this segment will lead you to the rock outcropping, Charlie’s Bunion. Along the way you'll pass the crossings for Sweat Heifer Creek Trail and The Boulevard Trail.

The first mile of this part of the trail gradually ascends about 300 feet. Depending on the time of year, the trail tends to be covered with trees.You'll find a backcountry shelter, one of the nicer structures along this route, for Appalachian Trail hikers at Icewater Spring. Up to 12 people can sleep at the shelter with a permit and reservation from the National Park Service.

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Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade


Gentle Slope

Paul Petzoldt Scale






Shenandoah Scale






Hiker Tips & Trivia

  • The trail is more crowded on weekends; for best results, try a mid-week hike.
  • Includes plenty of exposed cliffs, rough terrain, and uphill climbing.
  • Some of the most breathtaking views of the Tennessee side of the mountains.

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