Chica & Sunsets Hostel

We are open and are taking reservations for hikers!  For thru-hikers, text us no more than 3 days ahead to reserve (715-315-0876).

If your arrival date is fixed (i.e. section hiker driving or shuttling in), you can schedule anytime.

OUR FALL 2023 SLACK-PACK TRIP INFO IS UP! Click here for the 3-day trips we are offering and click here for the 5-day trips.  

To help support us, see our Amazon “Wish List” for the hostel.

We are Chica & Sunsets (aka Jen & Greg). We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 (and since then have hiked the Camino de Santiago, Bartram, Colorado, Ice Age, & Foothills Trails; and individually the TRT & BMT). We first opened our hostel in 2020 and are located in Franklin, NC, mile 110 approximately of the AT (Winding Stair Gap).

Our hostel model is a bit different than others in that we have chosen to prioritize comfort and space over higher capacity. Our hostel  is co-ed and holds 4 people max (2 bedrooms that contain 2 twin beds each — no bunks!). Our charge is $60 + tax per bed and is all inclusive — this includes laundry with loaner clothes, pick up & drop off at Winding Stair Gap (or Rock Gap), full kitchen and living room, shuttle to town for resupply (with options to visit Lazy Hiker Brewery and Outdoor 76 Outfitter) and continental breakfast. We also have good wifi and a stamp for the AT passport! Check in 11 am; cash, Venmo or PayPal accepted. Text up to 3 days ahead in NOBO season 715-315-0876 to reserve your spot (no walk-ins). 

A few details:

  • We love animals, but for various reasons do not allow pets.
  • We cannot accommodate additional hikers for hammocking or tenting (our car only allows for 4 passengers at a time).
  • If you want a private room it’s $120 + tax (with two twin beds); otherwise price for one twin bed is $60 + tax (in a shared room). There are two bedrooms with two twin beds in each room.

We are in the 2023 A.T. Guide (fka Awol’s Guide) and the FarOut app (fka Guthooks). Text up to 3 days ahead in NOBO season 715-315-0876 or email to reserve a spot.


Check out our Store where we have a variety of books we’ve written, jewelry made by Chica and hostel stickers.
Check out our Amazon “Wish List” for the hostel. 
For Chica’s full jewelry website, check out Chica’s Arm Candy.