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If You Are A Senior - Don't Be Afraid Of This Hike

Let me start by saying I am 73 and my wife is 68. We do hike every week, but had not done an 8... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gene A
Greenwood, Indiana
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And yet, I'm doing it anyway. Uh, I'm not much of a hiker, nor am I much of a sightseer. The hike... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let me start by saying I am 73 and my wife is 68. We do hike every week, but had not done an 8 miler before. This is a great and also challenging hike, but worth every step of the way. We watched several You...More

2  Thank Gene A
Reviewed 30 August 2017

And yet, I'm doing it anyway. Uh, I'm not much of a hiker, nor am I much of a sightseer. The hike -- from the Newfound Gap, an 8-mile round trip -- was moderately rigorous. It was worthwhile. I am glad the trails were not...More

Thank TheCrazyCam
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My husband and I wanted a new hike since we've done many of the over-crowded touristy trails in the Smokies many times before. The 8 miles out and back to Charlie's Bunion seemed like a bit more than I could handle (we originally planned to...More

Thank Sheri H
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I'm not giving this a full 5 stars because it was absolutely rainy and foggy the day we went. Not anybody's fault or anything but we didn't get to experience this trail in it's full glory so that's why I'm not able to give it...More

Thank Carson T
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We were in Knoxville for a wedding, and we almost skipped this hike as I had read of the need to start early and also about how crowded the park was in the summer. (Knoxville was also very hot and humid while we were there.)...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This was my very first stop on my first visit ever to the Smoky Mountains and I was spoiled -- a great hike up and back with fantastic views in nearly every direction! I don't know what can top sitting up on the bunion eating...More

2  Thank Susanna C
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed this hike. It is quite rocky in some areas but worth every minute of it. It was cool being on the Appalachian Trail and seeing the icewater spring shelter that the thru hikers stay in. It was foggy when we...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 July 2017

My husband and I loved Charlie Bunion and would definitely hike it again. It ties with Ramsey Cascade and Alum Cave Bluffs as our favorite hikes due to the panoramic views, length, and interesting features encountered during the hike. When we got back back to...More

1  Thank Brenda S
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This trail starts out in a heavy traffic area so get there early. Get on the trail as soon as you can and bring a box of Little Debbies if you are there between April and May. You will want to find "through hikers" from...More

Thank TheGreenAuthor
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We visited the Great Smoky Mountains NP in late April and did 7 hikes. This hike was our favourite. The trail is 8 mi/12.9 km roundtrip and is rated moderate. We're avid hikers, started this hike at 11am on a mild and breezy Sunday (75...More

2  Thank pingaroo
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Sarah B
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Response from Jill W | Reviewed this property |
I hope this isn't to late but when you get to the bunion the last 50 yards is pretty steep and was windy! I'm afraid of heights but made it. The rest of the trail is great! My first time in the Appalachian and was a little... More