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SHUTTLES AROUND THE BEND

Hiker Shuttle Service

ABOUT

Commercially insured and pet-friendly shuttle service operating out of Hostel Around the Bend. 

We offer shuttle service for Hostel Around the Bend guests as well as paid-for shuttles for all AT hikers to locations ranging from Atlanta, GA, to Fontana Dam, NC. We service all accessible trailheads on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and parts of North Carolina. We can help you slackpack! We are commercially insured and pet  friendly. 

Planning a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail? We make it easy! You can park, stay, get supplies and gear for your trip, and we can shuttle you to the trail! Book a stay at Hostel Around the Bend, leave your vehicle parked in our parking area ($5/day per vehicle parking fee), ride our shuttle to your starting point, and hike back to Hostel Around the Bend. We start running shuttles as early as 6:00am.

​Call us at 706-389-9668  for availability and to reserve a shuttle.
​Reservations are preferred, but we will do our best to accommodate last-minute shuttle requests.

OUR SERVICES

OUR SERVICES:

GUEST SHUTTLES AND FOR-HIRE SHUTTLES

HOSTEL AROUND THE BEND GUEST SHUTTLES

To/From the Trail:  Free Guest pick-up or drop-off at Unicoi Gap, Indian Grave Gap, Dicks Creek Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap when staying at Hostel Around the Bend.  For Unicoi Gap, Indian Grave Gap, and Blue Ridge Gap pickups, please call or text in the morning on day of pickup with your estimated pickup time. Pick-up and drop-off to other trailheads available for a fee.

To/From Town:  Free Guest shuttle  to/from town (location and schedule varies). One free scheduled town shuttle per guest per day stayed.   Shuttles at other times and to other locations available to guests for a fee.

Slackpacking:  Free slackpacking options for Unicoi Gap and Blue Ridge Gap on day of stay. Other paid-for slackpacking options available and we can slackpack without stay too - please contact us for details and availability.  See "Slackpacking" for more information.

FOR-HIRE SHUTTLES

Shuttles Around the Bend LLC is our for-hire shuttle service for Appalachian Trail hikers operating out of Hostel Around the Bend, 7675 U.S. 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546.

We provide safe, reliable transportation for hikers ranging from Atlanta, GA, to Fontana Dam, NC.  We service all accessible trailheads within our range as well as other locations away from the trail.

You can view some of our shuttle locations and prices in the table below.

SLACKPACKING

With slackpacking, you can 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. We can assist hikers with slackpacking in Georgia and parts of southern North Carolina.

Slackpacking Options (free for Hostel Around the Bend guests during stay, shuttle fee charged without stay):

  • From Blue Ridge Gap to Dicks Creek Gap: 5.8 miles

  • From Indian Grave Gap to Dicks Creek Gap: 14.1 miles

  • From Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap: 16.7 miles

  • From Blue Ridge Gap to Unicoi Gap: 22.5 miles


Other slackpacking locations are available for a fee. We can also help hikers who are not staying at the hostel slackpack too! Pricing is available in the table below.

SHUTTLE RATES

The table below is organized from closest to furthest shuttle locations north and south from Hostel Around the Bend. We can shuttle to other locations besides those listed below, so if you don't see your location listed, please contact us for pricing and availability!

​Shuttle rates are based on mileage, driving time, and number of passengers. The rates shown in the table below are the total pre-tax price for the shuttle for up to 4 passengers (contact us if there are more than 4 people in your group).  All rates are subject to sales tax (rates shown are pre-tax prices).  Forms of payment we accept: cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Venmo.  For shuttles not originating from Hostel Around the Bend, we require payment in advance for the full price of the shuttle  (we accept credit or debit card or Venmo).  Shuttles originating  from Hostel Around the Bend may be paid in advance or in-person before the shuttle departs.

Distance and driving time are approximate and rates are subject to change.

* Indicates free shuttles for guests staying at Hostel Around the Bend; one free pickup or drop off at trailhead and one free town shuttle per guest, per day stayed.

OUR SHUTTLE POLICY

Reservations: ​Call 706-389-9668 for availability and to book a shuttle. For shuttles  not originating from Hostel Around the Bend, we require payment in advance for the full price of the shuttle  (we accept credit or debit card or Venmo) .  Shuttles originating  from Hostel Around the Bend may be paid in advance or in-person before the shuttle departs. For in-person payments, we accept credit, debit, Venmo, and cash.

Rescheduling: Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to change the date and/or time of your shuttle, and we will do our best to accommodate the change, but cannot guarantee availability. If we are not able to make the desired change, the shuttle will be cancelled and a full refund given if at least 24 hours notice is provided. Otherwise, a 25% cancellation fee applies if we receive notice of the change within 24 hours of the shuttle appointment time.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund will be given if cancel with at least 24 hour's notice from appointment time. A 25% cancellation fee will be charged if cancel within 24 hours of appointment time.

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