Chica & Sunsets Hostel

Hostel is open for the fall season! Text 715-315-0876 to make a reservation.

Closing Dec. 1st for winter.

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We are Chica & Sunsets. We thru-hiked the AT in 2017 (and since then have hiked the Camino de Santiago, Bartram, Colorado and Ice Age Trails). We first opened our hostel in the spring of 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 $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 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.

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.