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Free Guest Shuttles to Select Locations
Forest Road


We offer free scheduled shuttles for hostel and outfitter guests upon request.

To/From the Trail:   Free scheduled Guest pick-up at Unicoi Gap, Dicks Creek Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap upon request when staying at Hostel Around the Bend. We are located 0.6 miles downhill from Dicks Creek Gap (off NOBO mile marker 69.2) so walk-ins are welcome! Free Guest drop-off from the hostel back to these trailheads at scheduled morning times.

To/From Town (Hiawassee, GA):  Free guest pickup from Hiawassee, GA (text 706-389-9668 in morning of day of pickup with pickup time). Free scheduled guest shuttles to/from town (location and schedule may vary). One free scheduled town shuttle per guest per day stayed.

Slackpacking:  Free slackpacking shuttles during stay to/from Unicoi Gap, Dicks Creek Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap. See "Slackpacking" section below for more information.


What is "Slackpacking"? When you Slackpack, you leave most of your gear behind at Hostel Around the Bend that you wouldn't need for a day hike, so you can hike with a much lighter pack! You can borrow one of our day packs or use your own pack.   Stay the night at the hostel, hike during the day, then return to the hostel to stay another night in our comfortable beds!  We'll return you to where you left off on the trail when you check-out.

We offer slackpacking free for Hostel Around the Bend guests during stay from Unicoi Gap, Dicks Creek Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap. The shuttle will leave the hostel at a scheduled time in the morning.

Slackpacking options free with stay:

Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap: 16.7 miles

Blue Ridge Gap to Dicks Creek Gap: 5.8 miles

Unicoi Gap to Blue Ridge Gap: 22.5 miles


Contact us and we'll provide a list of shuttle drivers upon request!

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