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We're now open for the spring season. Welcome Class of 2024!

FREE scheduled guest pickup/drop-off at Unicoi Gap (Mile 52.5), Dicks Creek Gap (Mile 69.2), and Blue Ridge Gap (Mile 75). We offer free scheduled slackpacking shuttles to these locations for hostel guests during stay. 

 

Check out our on-site outfitters store for all of your resupply, gear, shoes and apparel needs. We carry Zpacks, Hyperlite, Enlightened Equipment, Topo shoes, and much more.

 

THRU-HIKER DISCOUNT available for most items in our store!

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AROUND THE BEND

 Hostel & Outfitters 

Just Around the Bend from the Appalachian Trail
 

Hiawassee, GA

OUR SERVICES

OUR OUTFITTER RETAIL PARTNERS:

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Visit our on-site outfitter store for your gear, footwear, apparel, and resupply needs.

We also carry backpacking food, fuel, water filters, battery packs, and much more.

Extended store hours available for hostel guests.

Free shuttle to/from Dicks Creek Gap for outfitter guests! (Text when 1 mile out)

NEW! We now offer a gear demo program so anyone can check out some awesome ultralight gear, including packs, tents, quilts and more.

Visit our outfitters website for more info on the products we sell and our new gear demo program, or call 706-389-9668.

OUR AMENITIES

Free Hot Breakfast

Free hot cooked breakfast with stay! We'll accommodate any special dietary requests (vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, etc.).

Laundry

Self-service laundry. Free with stay, $5.00/person without stay. Detergent provided.​ Loaner clothes of all sizes available!

Musical Instruments

Guests can play our variety of musical instruments including several different guitars, banjo, violin, cajon and more.

Hiker-Prepared Meals

Community meals in a communal environment. Full kitchen, grill, and cooking supplies available for shared guest use.

Showers

Shared full bathrooms with towels, soap, shampoo, etc. included with stay.​ ​$5.00/shower without stay. We have plenty of hot water!

Art & Entertainment

Art supplies, puzzles, board games, books, DVDs, and more available for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Food & Drinks

Sodas, frozen pizzas, and more available for sale 24/7. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. All items subject to availability.

Free Wifi

Free Wifi available throughout the hostel. Guest computer available. Print your Smoky Mountain permit here.

Relax Here

Massage guns, foot massagers, yoga mats are available for guests to relax their sore muscles.

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GETTING HERE:

We provide free scheduled guest shuttles to and from Unicoi Gap, Dicks Creek Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap for hostel guests with reservation. For Unicoi and Blue Ridge pickups, please text us in the morning on day of arrival with ETA for pickup. For Dicks Creek Gap pickups, please text us when you are 1 mile out from Dicks Creek.

For outfitter guests, we offer free pickup and drop-off at Dicks Creek Gap.

We also welcome walk-ins and drive-ins! We are located just 0.6 miles from the parking area at Dicks Creek Gap (off mile marker 69.2 NOBO).

STAY WITH US, AND STAY CLOSE TO THE TRAIL!

Our convenient location is so close to the trail that you can walk in and out without having to worry about long-shuttle rides. You can get all the supplies and amenities you need easily - from resupplying to charging your electronics, getting a shower, doing your laundry, grabbing a bite to eat, and more - all without ever having to venture far from the trail.

Around the Bend is the perfect last stop before Franklin, NC, for northbound hikers! We have all the food and supplies you need to get you through to the next stop in your epic journey.

PARKING

Parking is free for guests during stay.

For guests wishing to leave their vehicle(s) parked beyond their stay, we offer parking for $5.00/day/vehicle (uncovered) or $10.00/day/vehicle (covered garage). Parking availability is first come, first served.

Click here for more information about parking.

PET-BLAZING LOCATION

Our friendly Welcoming Committee Staff will make you feel right at home.

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GALLERY

GALLERY

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DON'T FORGET TO STAMP YOUR AT PASSPORT WITH OUR HOSTEL AROUND THE BEND STAMP!

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GUEST REVIEWS

Top notch hostel, perfect location & excellent people! Gordon & Lisa go above & beyond the call of duty to accommodate you during your visit. A must stay during your hiking adventures. Don’t forget to let Gordon show you the all new gear shop!

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