Chica & Sunsets Hostel

We will be open Feb. 1, 2021!

To support us or become a Hostel Angel, see bottom of post.

Hello, we are Chica & Sunsets! We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 (and since then have hiked the Camino de Santiago, the Bartram Trail and the Colorado Trail).

We first had the thought of opening a hiker hostel while on our own Appalachian Trail hike; and after much dreaming, planning and hard work — here we are!

We are 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 $50 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 for your use, 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! We take cash (preferred), Venmo and PayPal.

A few details:

  • We love animals, but for various reasons do not allow pets.
  • We cannot accommodate additional hikers for hammocking or tenting (as our car only allows for 4 passengers at a time).
  • If you want a private room it’s $100 (with two twin beds); otherwise price for one twin bed is $50 (in a shared room). There are two bedrooms with two twin beds in each room.

We are in the 2021 A.T. Guide (Awol’s Guide) and the Guthooks app. We take reservations 1-2 days prior to arrival in thru-hiker season (all other times we can take reservations further out). Text 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.


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 stay at Chica & Sunsets Hostel for a thru-hiker! They will be picked at random and 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.  NOTE: Please check and update your email in PayPal (as this is the email we will send a picture of the hiker to you at).