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Hike Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola Falls State Park   Hike: Hike Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 16 2020  9:00 am >> Fri, Oct 16 2020 2:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 9 2020 4:32 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 16 2020 6:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's enjoy some spectacular fall scenery along the trail from Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn!  We'll meet at the top of the falls parking lot.  Our hike will take us up the Approach Trail for about 4.25 miles then turn right for the last mile to the Hike Inn.  This is a challenging route with several stiff climbs and a total elevation gain of about 1100 feet.  We will not be on a speed hike, but you should be confident that you can maintain a steady pace up steep ascents in order to keep up with the group. 

A moderate pace will get us to the Hike Inn around noon for a quick break for snacks and photos.  The Hike Inn website says hikers may enter the dining room to enjoy whatever drinks are available, but no snacks are available and lingering in the dining room is discouraged.  They usually appreciate a cash tip. Normally the Hike Inn allows hikers to use their restrooms. 

Update: Highly placed AOC sources indicate the Hike Inn is not allowing day hikers in the dining room.  Use of the restrooms is probably not allowed.  Be flexible and don't rely on support at the Inn.  

Update #2:  The Hike Inn informed AOC that they allow day hikers to use the restrooms and obtain drinks in the dining room.  Still no snacks and still no lingering in the dining room.   As always... be flexible and bring what you need for an enjoyable outing.

After our break, we'll take the scenic Len Foote Hike Inn trail and descend to the parking lot.


Remember the $5.00 fee for parking, or bring your State Parks annual pass.  

Required Items to Bring:

- Hiking Shoes and clothing appropriate for weather

- Water, lunch, snacks..  $5.00 for parking

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles if you like them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

DIRECTIONS from GA-400/ I-285 INTERCHANGE in N ATLANTA (Sandy Springs) to AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK  (about 60 miles or 90 minutes):

1.  From the GA- 400/ I-285 interchange go North on GA-400/US-19 N about 42 miles to the traffic light at GA-136 (a.k.a. Harmony Church Rd).
2.  Turn Left off GA-400 onto GA-136 and follow it westward about 12 miles.
3.  Bear Right onto GA- 342  (Bailey Waters Rd) and go about 3.6 miles.
4.  Turn Left onto GA-52 East and go about 3.9 miles.
5.  Turn Right onto Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, at the park entrance.

6.  After paying for parking at the park entrance or the ranger station, take a left at the ranger station and the road will climb steeply to the top of the falls, where you will take a right and continue to either parking lot.  There are two parking lots at the top of the falls, and the trailhead is located next to the upper parking lot.  There is a restroom at the upper parking lot as well as at the ranger station below.

GPS and GOOGLE.COM/MAPS USERS may wish to augment the above directions by entering the Lodge street Address or Lat/Lon coordinates as your destination:
  418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534

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