Hike - Charlies Bunion

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Friday February 15

7:30 AM  –  2:00 PM

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Guides: Lloyd & Charlene Shiver

Join us for a day hike along a popular section of the Appalachian Trail starting out with a steady heart-pumping climb in the first two miles. Don't worry though, early into the climb, we'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beyond.

Marking the halfway point of our trip is Sweat Heifer Creek Trail. Here, we'll continue the uphill push for a little longer and then dip downhill before arriving at Charlies Bunion, a magnificent rock outcrop humorously named for the appearance of mountain man Charlie Conner's feet. Once at the Bunion we'll take time to enjoy the view to the north where on a clear day we can see Mt. Kephart, elevation 6,217 feet, Mt. Guyot, elevation 6,621 feet and if you look closely, you may see fellow hikers looking back at you from the Jumpoff, a quiet and rugged place located off the Boulevard Trail. Be prepared when you head back to your vehicles, the first 1.5 miles back is another steady & rewarding uphill hike!

Activity rating: Strenuous - A challenging trail with many exposed roots and rocks. 

Mileage: 9 miles maximum
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and comfortable hiking shoes, we recommend that you dress in layers and bring a hat and gloves, bring your backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.
About our guides: Originally from Palatka, Florida, Great Smoky Mountains Association members Lloyd and Charlene Shiver moved to the Appalachian Mountains to deepen their connection with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all it has to offer in the way of hiking trails, cultural history and it's wondrous diversity of life. Lloyd is regularly hiking to complete all the trails on the GSMNP trail map and Charlene is working as a GSMA Marketing and Membership Associate.