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 Hostel & Outfitters 
Mile marker sign at the bottom of the driveway visible from the road

Just Around the Bend from the Appalachian Trail
0.6 miles from Dicks Creek Gap (Mile 69.2 NOBO)
Hiawassee, GA

Our hostel and outfitters are now open for the fall season!

We will be closing for winter break from November 15, 2023, through January 3, 2024.

Opening for the 2024 season January 4th.


View of mountain range and clouds

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.

We are located just 0.6 miles from the Appalachian Trail at Dicks Creek Gap (off mile marker 69.2 NOBO). Free shuttles are available to and from the trailhead for hostel and outfitter guests (text with ETA for pickup 1 mile out). Walk-ins welcome too!



Food & Drinks for Sale

Sodas, Frozen Pizzas, Burritos, and more available for purchase. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options. All items subject to availability.

Free Wifi

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

Art & Entertainment

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


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

Musical Instruments

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

Relax Here

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


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

Guest Kitchens

Guest access to 2 full kitchens with cookware and cooking supplies provided. Propane grill and griddle also available.

AT Passport Stamp

Get your "Hostel Around the Bend" stamp for your AT Passport here. AT Passports also available for sale.

Pet Blazing Location

Friendly hostel pets (a small hypoallergenic dog and a cuddly outdoor cat) make guests feel right at home.



Tree with discarded shoes hanging from its branches


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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