Chica & Sunsets Hostel

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, shuttle to town for resupply (with options to visit Lazy Hiker Brewery and Outdoor 76 Outfitter), and breakfast in the morning made by Chica. 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). Because breakfast is not an additional cost (is included with your stay), we are not able to accommodate any special diet requests; however, there is a full kitchen in the hostel for your use.

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.


Want to be involved in a hiker’s AT journey from the comfort of your own home? It’s easy! You can buy a 1-night $45 stay at Chica & Sunsets Hostel for a thru-hiker! They will be picked at random, and receive a coupon like this (which will include your name on the line):

We will take a picture of the hiker and email it to you (and also give your email to the hiker if they’d like to contact you personally).

Go HERE to purchase.