Appalachian Trail – Strenuous (N 35.6110, W -83.4248): Everybody wants to try the storied Georgia-to-Maine footpath. From Newfound Gap, the trail heads east to fabulous views at The Jump-Off and craggy Charlie’s Bunion. Head up the AT to start this 6.5-mile out-and-back hike to the Jump-Off, 8 miles to Charlie’s Bunion. You’ll pass Sweat Heifer Trail at 1.7 miles and The Boulevard Trail to Mount LeConte on the left at 2.7 miles. To reach the Jump-Off (6,100 feet), go left on The Boulevard Trail a short distance then right at the trail sign to a cliff top view. Stay on the AT if Charlie’s Bunion is your goal. You’ll pass Icewater Spring Shelter and at 3.8 miles reach the two rocky peaks that make up Charlie’s Bunion. The round-trip hike is about 8 miles.
Directions: The AT trailhead parking area in Newfound Gap is on Newfound Gap Rd., 13 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center and 16 miles north of Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The trail leaves the north side of the lot just beyond the trail to restrooms.