ECO-LODGE "HIKE INN" IN NORTH GA MOUNTAINS

  • March 26, 2011 · 1:00 PM
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UPDATE 3/23/11 - There is ONE Saturday-night only spot ($70) and ONE Sat & Sun nights spot left. Willing to sell the wknd spot just as a one-night stay. RSVP ASAP!!! 

THIS IS AN AMAZING 2-NIGHT STAY IN GEORGIA'S COOLEST ECO-LODGE!!! AND, THE FOOD IS INCREDIBLE!!! (And they can accommodate vegetarians and vegans)

We "hike inn" with the clothes on our backs and maybe a backpack as well...

AND BEST OF ALL...

Sky's the Limit has the ENTIRE Inn to ourselves!!! FOR TWO NIGHTS!!! Woo-hoo! 

Price includes ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TWO NIGHTS, 4 MEALS (SATURDAY DINNER, SUNDAY BREAKFAST & DINNER and MONDAY BREAKFAST) and the HIKE!

This event will occur rain or shine.

Regular Price - $161.00 for 2 nights including 15% lodging & county taxes.

STL SPECIAL RATE:

Paying members - $125.00 (savings of $36.00 over normal rate for 2 nights) 

Non-paying members - $140.00 (savings of $21.00 over normal rate for 2 nights)
Sunday sack lunch - $6.00 (BRING CASH TO PAY FOR THIS)
 

The 5.5 mile hike in is easy to moderate.  Up and down hills but with a group this size everyone will find someone to hike with going at a nice pace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did this March 27 - 29, 2010 and it was a blast! Read everyone's comments and check out all the pics.

HIKE INN 2010 PHOTOS

REFUND IF YOU CANCEL BY FEBRUARY 15, 2011. After the 15th, no refunds. You would need to sell your spot to someone else which there are always plenty of people that want to go last minute.

About The Facilities

Main Lobby
Hike Inn merchandise & snacks, small library, wood burning stove

Dining Room
Family style dining serving hearty dinners & breakfasts. Trail lunches available upon request and fee. Wood burning stove

Bunkhouse
20 rooms with bunk beds - Comfortable 7-foot-long mattresses - all bed linens provided. Electric light and fan. Screened doors open to shared porch. Temperature controlled by fans & heat panels

Bathhouse
Hot showers - all shower linens provided; soap, shampoo, and hair dryers provided. Odor-free, eco-friendly composting toilets

Sunrise Room
Wood burning stoves. Board games & puzzles. Eastern view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wrap Around Porches with Adirondack chairs.

A Typical Visit
Begin your hike by registering at the Visitors Center located within Amicalola Falls State Park. The Visitors Center offers snacks and other essentials for your pack. After checking in, you are encouraged to explore the Southeast’s highest waterfall or enjoy a meal at the Amicalola Falls Lodge. Begin your hike by 2:00 p.m. to allow plenty of time for arrival. A conservation-minded facility tour is offered at 5:00 p.m., and a family-style dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. throughout the year. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. and checkout is from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. daily.

What’s Unique?
Guests arrive on foot! A moderate 5-mile hike takes you past beautiful vistas and creeks. Upon arrival, you will check in and go to your private room, which has bunk beds. Dinners are served family style, followed by an evening program about the natural or cultural resources of the Southern Appalachians. Early birds should not miss daybreak from the Sunrise Room. After a hot breakfast, explore the wilderness around the Hike Inn or head back to the park. Trail lunches, snacks, Hike Inn T-shirts, and limited hiking gear are available at the inn. Those staying two nights may want to hike to Springer Mountain, 4.4 miles away, which is the beginning of the Appalachian Trial. Leave your worries behind-Enjoy your wilderness retreat!

NO SMOKING, PETS, BEEPERS, CELL PHONES, RADIOS OR TVs ALLOWED.  

The Hike Inn is a Pack It In, Pack It Out facility. No trash cans are provided.

What to Wear & Bring

Wear sturdy, comfortable boots or shoes and bring more than one change of socks. Layered, lightweight clothing will allow you to adjust to temperature changes without having to carry too many clothes in your pack. Rain gear is a must. Remember a flashlight, toiletries, camp shoes, insect repellent, sun screen and a first aid kit. Many guests also bring a camera to capture the scenic beauty. DON’T FORGET TO BRING AMPLE DRINKING WATER FOR YOUR HIKE TO THE INN! Untreated stream water is not safe for drinking. The Hike Inn has a 'refill station' for your water bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you RSVP with a guest, I will put y'all in the same room. If you wish to room with someone, write that in your RSVP. Otherwise, I will pair folks according to gender. But depending on ratio some rooms may be mixed. When you pay your deposit, I will add you to a room.

Rm: John Crow
Rm: Mindy & Judi
Rm: Steve A & Bobby D

Rm: Mark & Bob
Rm: Winker & Leanne
Rm: Laura T 

Rm: Mary & Regina
Rm: Melanie & Sarah
Rm: Maura
Rm: Todd & ??? (contact Todd if you want this spot)
Rm: Lesli & Alison
Rm: Dave B & Juliet Smith
Rm: Jenny & Shannon
Rm: Kevin & Michelle
Rm: Andy & Joseph B
Rm: Yusen & Vicki
Rm:
 Joan & Gita 
Rm: Bobby
Rm: Katie & Bridget
Rm: (Sat Only) Christine  (Sun Only) Serena & Ricky


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A TIP of $5.00 per person per day would be nice from everyone. Please tip more if you'd like. There are baskets and boxes for you to leave your tips. Also, last time we had live music both nights so tips are encouraged for those providing music as well..

For those staying until Monday, we will be doing a day hike on Sunday.

Hike to Springer Mtn. It's 4.4. miles (8.8 miles round trip) north from the Inn's front porch. We'll eat our sack lunch at the top. It's the official end or beginning of the App. Trail.

For the hike out - some of you may want to go back down the hike inn trail.. and others might want the more streneous 5.2 mile hike on the Approach Trail.. both end up back in the same parking area. We will be happy to show you those options here as well.

WE WILL BE MEETING AT 1PM AT THE TRAILHEAD AND START HIKING NO LATER THAN 1:15PM, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US.

If you don't hike with us at 1:15pm YOU NEED TO CHECK-IN BY 2PM!!! Otherwise, they won't let you hike.

It's about a 2 hour drive from Atlanta and you must check in at the Trading Post which is in the Amicalola Falls State Park Visitors Center just inside the park entrance so allow time for all of this.

LET ME REITERATE, WE WILL START HIKING PROMPTLY AT 1:15pm

For those of you who can not make 1pm or wish to hike in earlier, feel free to post comments to arrange carpooling and your own starting times. According to their website, the hike is 5 miles and takes 2 - 4 hours. I believe it took us about 2.5 hours last year.

Here is a link to their map to get you there. http://hike-inn.com/maps.asp

There are evening programs being offered each night if you would like to attend. We will know what these are closer to the dates.

If you hike in a bottle of wine, remember, you MUST carry it back out with you when you leave. I suggest boxed wine without the box.

Again, read all about Hike Inn and their rules here... http://hike-inn.com/default.asp

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  • Mark

    Great time. Good seeing everybody and Hike Inn is always enjoyable. That 1000-piece puzzle was insane but we did it.

    March 29, 2011

  • Jenny

    I had such a great time meeting everyone and can't wait for the next trip!

    March 29, 2011

  • Judi

    Hiking, Poker and Wine - what more could a woman ask for? Great time - enjoyed meeting everyone - especially my hiking buddies.

    March 29, 2011

  • Lesli

    What a fun weekend! The rain made us damp but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm. We had such a fun group of people. I really enjoyed playing games in the sunshine room and I've now made it to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail on top of Springer Mountain. Thanks for organizing John!

    March 28, 2011

  • Joseph B

    Great event! Kudos to John for organizing. It was awesome spending time with everyone and making some new friends.

    March 28, 2011

  • Sarah

    Thanks for organizing Crow! Great hanging with old and new friends!

    March 28, 2011

  • joan

    famous last words John...! in all seriousness, i had a great time on the hike, relaxing at the inn, and getting to know some new folks. Fog and all!

    March 28, 2011

  • Christine

    I had such a great time! It was great meeting everyone, you all made the trip a blast! Thanks Crow for another awesome event!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun despite the rain!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although the hike in and hike out were a little "damp," WE had a BLAST!!! The Len Foote Hike Inn is always an amazing place to go and we had a TON of new folks that had never been there before and loved it. Great group of folks! Had a ton of fun with everyone!

    March 28, 2011

  • Mindy

    Wonderful time!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great time despite the weather - thanks everyone!

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    At least Monday's weather is supposed to be nice for the hike out:)

    March 25, 2011

  • Steve A

    forgot to mention it's a great pain reliever in case you don't know

    March 25, 2011

  • Steve A

    you've got a deal Lesli.. Kevin and anyone else who wants some is welcome.

    March 25, 2011

  • Kevin

    It rained last year and we still had a great time. Baileys and coffee sounds lovely on a rainy day

    March 25, 2011

  • Lesli

    Ha ha Steve - I'm bringing Baileys too! I'll help you drink yours if you help me drink mine. I put mine in a plastic travel flask which is much lighter than the glass bottle.

    March 25, 2011

  • Steve A

    if I bring Baileys will any of you help me finish it and lighten my load down?

    1 · March 25, 2011

  • Maura

    Hi everyone, I am leaving from Decatur too...if anyone is interested in carpooling please let me know...
    Thanks,
    Maura

    March 25, 2011

  • Lesli

    Alison and I are driving from Smyrna but we'll be going to REI @ Perimeter when it opens. Then we will drive up GA 400. If someone needs a ride, let me know.

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks, my bad ankles just can't take two days of a muddy hike. So, I have a full weekend slot that I am willing to sell for 50 dollars. Call me or email me if you want to negotiate: [masked], [masked]. Thanks, Meg

    March 25, 2011

  • Sarah

    I'm bringing extra games and wine just in case! It takes more than the threat of rain to dampen the fun for this group! See y'all tomorrow:)

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am leaving from Decatur - anyone want to carpool? Send me a msg...

    March 25, 2011

  • Judi

    Muddy hikes .... great ... just like being back in England. Guess I better bring two boxes of wine if I'm going to be playing cards :) See you at 1:15 pm tomorrow!

    1 · March 25, 2011

  • Jenny

    Hi, sorry it took me so long to respond! Thanks for the offer, but I am riding with my friend Shannon & wonder if we could all fit. See you there!

    March 25, 2011

  • joan

    @ Leanne - ok then, see you on the mountain!
    @ Judi - i'm calling you...

    March 25, 2011

  • Judi

    @ Joan - just sent you an email in case you want to car pool with us from Decatur.

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nevermind about carpooling... I'll be visiting old coworkers in Dahlonega on Monday.

    March 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    My carpool plans changed. Kevin, are you near 285 or 400? Joan, do you want to carpool together?

    March 24, 2011

  • Kevin

    Thunderstorms scheduled for Sat. Prepare yourself for a muddy hike. Also if you wanna carpool from my place in Smyrna and in Sandy Springs, please let me know.

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve, sounds like a plan. Hopefully Jenny will let us know one way or the other. My info is [masked] M, [masked].

    March 24, 2011

  • Steve A

    ok so Regina, Jenny and Winker.. can we conclude it's going to be @ 10:30 @ Mansell we meet? My info is [masked] M, 678-79-0069 H and [masked]

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Car pooling with Laura, Christine and Sarah.

    March 24, 2011

  • Gordon

    I have a two day spot available for $70

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Regina, Steve, Jenny: I just saw 10:30 & that works. Agreed with snack pit stop!

    March 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Steve, Winker, Jenny: meeting at the Mansell Park & Ride around 10:30 sounds great. Definitely would want to stop for a light snack before hiking 2.5 hrs.

    March 24, 2011

  • joan

    I live in VaHi if anyone wants to carpool...

    Also, I need a hiking buddy! I might have to stop for air and photos..

    March 23, 2011

  • Steve A

    it only takes 2 hrs +/- to get there and he mentions starting no later then 2:00. so we could leave around 10:30 or 11:00 and have more than enough time.. maybe stop for a light snack. thoughts?

    March 23, 2011

  • Steve A

    actually unless I am driving i am wondering if you could come by Mansell Park & Ride. If Abernathy is best no problem; I will park @ the Marta stop.

    March 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Steve, Jenny, Regina - I live by Abernathy, near exit 6 on 400. I am looking to carpool as well. [masked] & [masked]. What time on Sat are you leaving and what time on Monday do you all plan on returning?

    March 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve and Jenny, I live very close to Abernathy and 400 if you don't mind carpooling together.

    March 23, 2011

  • Steve A

    ok Jenny, do you want to meet at Abernathy and carpool?

    March 22, 2011

  • Jenny

    I'm in Roswell too and taking 400 to Dahlonega, then west toward Amicalola SP.

    March 22, 2011

  • Steve A

    which route is everyone taking? 400 or 75 to 575 and onward? I am off of Holcomb Bridge and thought 400 would be the way everyone goes but maybe not.

    March 21, 2011

  • Tammy B

    I am still looking to sell my spot for $100. [masked]

    March 21, 2011

  • Gordon

    Does anyone have a spot for sale?

    1 · March 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think cell phones work up there. I know AT&T did not work. Maybe verizon but I doubt it.

    March 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    John!! Is there Cell phone service up there?

    March 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @katie - I added you with a +1 so you should be able to pay now. Not sure why it wasn't working for you.

    March 18, 2011

  • katie

    I can't RSVP on sky's the limit but on ga adventures Bridget and I are RSVP as yes but neither site will let me or her pay

    March 18, 2011

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