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
Hike Inn merchandise & snacks, small library, wood burning stove
Family style dining serving hearty dinners & breakfasts. Trail lunches available upon request and fee. Wood burning stove
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
Hot showers - all shower linens provided; soap, shampoo, and hair dryers provided. Odor-free, eco-friendly composting toilets
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.
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: 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: Katie & Bridget
Rm: (Sat Only) Christine (Sun Only) Serena & Ricky
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