Chica & Sunsets Hostel

OPENING FEB. 15, 2020!

Hello! We are Chica & Sunsets who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017. We first had the thought of opening a hiker hotel while on our own hike, and after much dreaming, planning and work – it is time for us to open our doors!

Our grand opening date is February 15, 2020, just in time for the NoBo hiker season. We are in Franklin, NC, mile 110 of the AT. 

Our hostel model is a bit different than others in that we have chosen to prioritize comfort and space over higher capacity. We will be small (4 hikers max) and will have 2 bedrooms with 2 beds in each room (no bunk beds!). We will charge $45 all inclusive, and this will include laundry with loaner clothes, pick up & drop off at Winding Stair Gap, shuttle to town for resupply (with options to visit Lazy Hiker Brewery and Outdoor 76 Outfitter), and breakfast in the morning made by Chica. We’ll also have good wifi and a stamp for the AT passport!

We will be in the 2020 Awol’s Guide (The A.T. Guide) and the Guthooks app. We will take reservations only one day prior to arrival.

A few other details about the hostel: We love animals, but for various reasons will not allow pets at our hostel. We need to limit the number of hikers to 4 because our car will only allow for 4 passengers at a time (therefore we cannot accommodate any addition hikers for hammocking or tenting). Because breakfast is not an additional cost (is included with your stay), we won’t be able to accommodate any special diet requests; however, there is a full kitchen in the hostel that you are able to use if desired.


Want to be involved in a hiker’s AT journey from the comfort of your own home? It’s easy! You can buy a 1-night $45 stay at Chica & Sunsets Hostel for a thru-hiker! They will be picked at random, and receive a coupon like this (which will include your name on the line):

We will take a picture of the hiker and email it to you (and also give your email to the hiker if they’d like to contact you personally).

Go HERE to purchase.