Chica & Sunsets Hostel – Summer

We are open through Aug. 23rd. Text us (715-315-0876) to make your reservation.  NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED 8/24/23 – 9/12/23. 


Note: If you are driving in, you can rent the whole space for 1-4 people at a discount.

To help support us, see our Amazon “Wish List” for the hostel.

We are Chica & Sunsets (aka Jen & Greg). We thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 (and since then have hiked the Camino de Santiago, Bartram, Colorado, Ice Age, & Foothills Trails; and individually the TRT & BMT). We first opened our hostel in 2020 and are located 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. 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 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 all downtown within walking distance). We also have good wifi and a stamp for the AT passport! Check in 12 noon; Check out at 9 am. NO credit cards.; 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 have limited parking space available, cost is $5 a day (unless you stay with us – that day is free).

We are in the 2023 A.T. Guide (fka Awol’s Guide) and the FarOut app (fka Guthooks). 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.