Chica & Sunsets Hostel

We are currently open!

To support us, check out our Store and our Amazon “Wish List.” 

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 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. We are small (4 hikers max) and have 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds in each room (no bunk beds!). Our charge is $45 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!

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 $90 (with two twin beds); otherwise price for one twin bed is $45 (in a shared room). There are two bedrooms with two twin beds in each room.

We are in the 2020 Awol’s Guide (The A.T. Guide) and the Guthooks app. In high thru-hiker season (Feb – May) we only take reservations 1-2 days prior to arrival (all other times we can take reservations further out). Text 715-315-0876 or to reserve a spot.

To support us:
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.


If you’d like to stay at Chica & Sunsets Hostel in December or January, you can book your stay through AirBnB here