Chica & Sunsets Hostel

3/20/2020: We have made the difficult decision to close our hostel for a period of time due to the Corona Virus. We will follow the ATC guidelines and make a wise, informed decision on when we can safely reopen. We’ll keep you posted on our reopening. Much love to you ALL and thank you for all your support! WE LOVE HIKERS! — Chica (Jen) & Sunsets (Greg)

Hello, we are Chica & Sunsets! We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and the Camino de Santiago in 2018.
We first had the thought of opening a hiker hostel while on our own Appalachian Trail hike; and after much dreaming, planning and work – our hostel is now open!

We are in Franklin, NC, mile 110 of the AT (Winding Stair Gap pick-up).

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 beds in each room (no bunk beds!). Our charge is $45 all inclusive, and this includes laundry with loaner clothes, pick up & drop off at Winding Stair Gap, full kitchen for your use, and shuttle to town for resupply (with options to visit Lazy Hiker Brewery and Outdoor 76 Outfitter). We also have good wifi and a stamp for the AT passport!

A few other details about the hostel: We love animals, but for various reasons do not allow pets. We need to limit the number of hikers to 4 because our car will only allow for 4 passengers at a time (therefore we cannot accommodate any additional hikers for hammocking or tenting).

We are in the 2020 Awol’s Guide (The A.T. Guide) and the Guthooks app. We will take reservations only one day prior to arrival. Contact:  715-315-0876 (text preferred) or


If you’d like to stay at Chica & Sunsets Hostel in non-hiker season (starting in June), you can book your stay through AirBnB here! We are available to help you with shuttles to the trail head (for additional cost) or to help you plan your section hike.