Chica & Sunsets Hostel

We are open! Text 715-315-0876 to make your reservation.

SUMMER NOTE: For reservations on/after May 15, 2024 – please check back on/after May 11th to make your reservation – we will have caretakers here running the hostel (while we go out to hike the PCT!).  Thanks for your understanding.

At this time, we are not planning or scheduling any fall slackpack trips, as we will be out hiking the PCT (!) and not sure when we will back in the fall. 

We are Chica & Sunsets (aka Jen & Greg). We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and have subsequently thru-hiked several other trails: Camino de Santiago, Bartram, Colorado, Ice Age, Foothills, New England (and individually the TRT & BMT). This will be our 5th year of running our hostel! We are located in Franklin, NC, and do shuttles from mile 110 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 price is $55 + tax per bed (total comes to $62) 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 (grocery, outfitter and restaurants are all in walking distance downtown). We also have good wifi and a stamp for the AT passport! Check in at 11:30 am; Check out at  8:30 am. Cash, Venmo or PayPal accepted. Text 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).

We are in the The A.T. Guide and the FarOut app. 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.
For Chica’s full jewelry website, check out Chica’s Arm Candy.