Classic Hikes of the NC Smokies: Charlies Bunion


Back to the Smokies.

I’m leading a hike for Friends of the Smokies to Charlies Bunion on Tuesday July 19. It’s a way of showcasing classic North Carolina Smokies and getting more Friends of the Smokies. Here’s the press release.

Friends of the Smokies’ Members Only Hike Showcases Park
Cool breezes and hiking in July?  Friends of the Smokies hosts a high altitude hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Charlie’s Bunion on Tuesday, July 19.

The hike is free to members of Friends of the Smokies. New members to Friends of the Smokies are welcome.  Supporters of the park can join at any time with memberships starting at $25. Donations help many areas of the park including healing trees, protecting bears, improving trails, and educating children.
With more than 1,600 ft in elevation change over eight miles, members of Friends of the Smokies should be prepared for a moderately difficult hike.  Most of this day long classic Smokies hike is more than a mile above sea level, with the highest peak at 6,122 feet, affording cooler temperatures and stunning vistas.
Smokies Icewater shelterHiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein will lead this hike.

Starting on the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap, hikers can expect to capture views of Mt. LeConte, Masa Knob, Mt. Kephart, Jump Off and Mt Guyot as they traverse ridge lines. We’ll pass Icewater Shelter, the highest shelter in the Park. See the picture.

Along with vistas, this hike is packed with Smokies history and lore that hike leader Bernstein will share along the way.
Some claim Charlies Bunion, a rock out-cropping, to be one of the best scenic overlooks in the Smokies. 
For reservations and convening details, contact Friends of the Smokies at or 828-452-0720.

Space is limited. For more information about the event, Friends of the Smokies, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park , visit

Specific information about helping to maintain and improve these special trails can be found at


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