Chica & Sunsets Hostel

We are closed for the fall season. We will re-open Feb. 15, 2023 for the NOBO season. Thanks for a great year!


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We are Chica & Sunsets. We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 (and since then have hiked the Camino de Santiago, Bartram, Colorado, Ice Age, & Foothills Trails). We first opened our hostel in 2020 and are located in Franklin, NC, mile 110 approx. 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 715-315-0876 to reserve your spot!

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 2022 A.T. Guide (Awol’s Guide) and the Guthooks app. Text up to 3 days ahead 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.