Located in the Amicola Falls State Park, the first phase of unwinding from the the stress of the urban scene is the 5-mile hike up to the lodge. After taking in the Falls, the three hour hike punctuated with rest stops at benches gives one plenty of time to refocus thoughts to the natural world amid the quiet of the forest. The facility is amazing: a series of buildings set on a slope that opens to a eastern view where the sunrise is definitely worth getting up for. The rooms, with bunk beds, are clean and compact. Unless sleeping, one is better off finding an Adirondack chair on a porch in order to read. Showers and toilets are in a separate bath house. The introductory tour held every night at 5-6pm is well worth attending. First, there is the history of the the lodge and Len Foote (noted Georgia conservationist and source for the old Mark Trail comic strip series). This is followed by a walkabout tour which takes folks into a below building area that features the equipment for the conservation toilets and food scrap eating worms. There is an evening educational program every night. The food is amazing. Served family style, everything is fresh and hearty. But, beware: clean your plates! There is only one day hike from the Inn, the trip up to Springer Mountain, terminus of the Appalachian Trail (9-mile round-trip). Therefore, the stay of two nights was enough. Still, that's plenty of time to readjust priorities and clear the mind. By the way, there are no trash cans on site. You pack out what you bring in! All in all, it's a great experience.
- Also Known As:
- Len Foote Hike Hotel Dawsonville