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We are currently temporarily closed for summer break (there is no availability for lodging, outfitter, parking, etc.).

Around the Bend Hostel and Outfitters are for sale, so the reopening date is to be determined. Click here for more info. 

WELCOME CLASS OF 2024!

Hike in & see us!

We're located within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail, just 0.6 miles west of Dicks Creek Gap in Hiawassee, GA. 

 

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
 

Dicks Creek Gap, 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 (on the hour upon request). Text with pickup time 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! Now offering all-you-can eat waffles!

Free Wifi

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

Food & Drinks

Snacks, drinks, frozen pizzas, and more available for sale 24/7.

Musical Instruments

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

Laundry

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

Art & Entertainment

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

Showers

Shower with towel and toiletries included with stay.​ ​$5.00/shower without stay. We have plenty of hot water!

Relax Here

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

GETTING HERE:

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

ARRIVING HERE FROM DICKS CREEK GAP:

We provide free shuttles for hostel and outfitter guests to and from Dicks Creek Gap upon request. Due to limited cell service at the gap, please text us with the time you expect to reach Dicks Creek Gap when you are 1 mile out and we will let you know the next shuttle availability.

ARRIVING HERE FROM OTHER LOCATIONS:

If you need a shuttle from another location, we have a list of shuttle drivers you can contact for assistance here.

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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 scheduling 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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