Charlies Bunion Private Hike

Asheville, NC
5.0 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular Views
  • Unique Geology
  • Hike on the Appalachian Trail
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Opportunities to See Wildlife
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

This exciting Smoky Mountains day hike offers stunning hiking on the Appalachian Trail, amazing views from an exposed ridge, and a unique rock outcropping. You’ll meet your Wildland Trekking hiking guide at the Newfound Gap parking lot and embark on your hike from there. Our route climbs for the first couple miles while we’re rewarded with a dense beautiful spruce-fir forest and then incredible views of distant Blue Ridge mountains. Much of our hike follows a narrow ridge traversing the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, with breathtaking 360-degree views at Charlies Bunion. We’ll soak up the stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which include Mount Kephart and Mount Guyot. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, and eventually make our way back to our starting point to complete our Appalachian Trail hike. 

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

5-7 Hours
$145-$495 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 5-7 Hours
Distance: 9MI / 14KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $495
  • 2 people: $245 per person
  • 3 people: $215 per person
  • 4-5 people: $175 per person
  • 6-7 people: $145 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This tour is booked on a custom basis for private groups so does not have set dates (requested dates are almost always available). Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to schedule your hike!

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (pickup and drop off in Asheville, NC)
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What to Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

If you are staying in Asheville, NC will pick you up at your hotel in Asheville. If you are staying elsewhere and/or would prefer to meet at the trailhead, that is also an option.  Your guide will be in contact approximately 7 days prior to your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous. This is a full day tour if we start from Asheville – the pickup time will be around 6:30 AM, and ending times can vary but are often after 6:00 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Great Smoky Mountains

The weather in the Great Smoky Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
hi
low
hi
low
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
December
52°
28°
37°
21°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (2 reviews)
Shelle W.
5.0

This trip was well executed!

5 years ago

This trip was well executed from the first communication I had with the company! Chris was amazing. He was professional, engaging and educated us the entire time we were hiking. He brought a fantastic lunch that was in keeping with my special diet. I loved every minute of this hike! Thank you.

William B.
5.0

It was really great!

5 years ago

My fourth Wildland Trekking trip, first to Great Smoky Mountains Park, second trip with Chris Hoge as my guide. It was really great!

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