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We'll start the hike at Amicalola Falls which is Georgia's highest waterfall. From there, we will start the hike on the Hike Inn Trail. This will take us past the Hike Inn, which is a small inn that is trail side and offers an interesting stay for hikers. Continuing on, we will come back to Amicalola Falls via the Approach Trail to the Appalachian Trail. This site has some details on the hike: https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/georgia-hike-inn-trail-amicalola-falls/ For transportation, we will plan to meet at the Walmart in Cumming to carpool to the trail head. This will be a bit more efficient and offer an opportunity to socialize on the hour long drive. Please comment if you are willing to be a driver. Please be able to chip in some money for gas or the $5/car parking fee. Feel free to drive separately if you would rather. The location shown for the event is the carpool location. Here is a link to the location for Amicalola Falls: https://goo.gl/maps/Cv24EaEQj93zbMc2A ROUGH Timeline: 8am Meet at Walmart parking lot 8:15am Depart 9am Arrive at Amicalola Falls State Park 1pm Return to parking lot 2pm or so, Arrive back at the Walmart Please plan to bring enough water for the hike. There will be an opportunity to fill up at the trail head and at the Inn. I also highly recommend something to snack on for the trail since this hike is a little longer. If you have any questions, just let me know! See you there!
Part II of backpacking the AT through Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I was hoping to do this trip over Labor Day but I had some family stuff to take care of. Hopefully these dates work for folks. This is an advanced backpacking trip. If you do not have experience hiking 10 miles per day over multiple days with your current gear, I wouldn't sign up. This is for your safety and the safety of the group. We have permits! Here is the itinerary: SOBO Wed: Drive up after work (3 hours), stay near Fontana Dam Thurs: Shuttle from Fontana to NFG (1.5 hours), hike 4.9 miles to Mt. Collins Shelter Fri: Hike 13.5 miles to Derrick Knob Shelter Sat: Hike 12.1 miles to Mollie's Ridge Shelter (no water there currently) Sun: Hike 10.8 miles to Fontana Dam, drive home (3 hours)
This is a beautiful hike, one that I've done many times. It features both vistas and valley forests. There's a decent chance we'll see fall color too. Here's the trail description: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/north-carolina/noland-divide-trail-to-deep-creek-trailloop Tips: Pack for overnight cold weather! I will be in a tent and a down sleeping bag. Winter hammocking is fine too. No-land Divide Trail does not have water sources. Be prepared to pack water. As long as the weather is dry, Deep Creek Trail does not require getting your feet wet. Permit is required for this hike. We'll be staying at site 61. Permits are 4 dollars per person and are first come first serve. Please buy for your guest(s) too. It's okay to put your car tag even if not driving. Do not RSVP for this hike until after you secured your permit online: https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm Dogs are welcome and free of charge. Be sure your dog can do 20 miles. Please mention your dog in the comments section. Driving Carpooling: I encourage that we discuss this in the comments section. Whatever the case, plan to arrive at the trailhead by 9AM. There are no gravel roads.