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Len Foot Hike Inn - Training Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola Falls State Park   Hike: Len Foot Hike Inn - Training Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 26 2021  8:15 am >> Sun, Dec 26 2021 2:15 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Dec 24 2021 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Dec 26 2021 5:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Amicalola Falls State Park is nationally acclaimed park. Northbound hikers of Appallachian Trail uses 8-miles approach trail from this park to reach Springer Mountain and then they technically start their AT journey onward. Len Foote Hike Inn is a unique facilitiy, approachable through foot traffic only, though managment of this facility uses ATV to bring supplies for their patrons, using a different wider forest trail/raod. Day hikers uses another beautifful trail to reach the Hike Inn and return back to the park very same afternoon, their hike usually start from the top of the falls parking lot in the park. This where we will start our hike and within 5 minutes the trail will split into two, left will take us to Springer (approach Trail)  and right will go to Hike Inn directly. We will take the Approach Trail ie Springer mountain route till reaching the sign saying straight to Springer 3.5 miles and and Right to Hike Inn, 1-mile. At this point we will turn right to get to the hike Inn.

This isn't a speed hike therefore those who are in the beginner D4 stage are most welcome to join.  

Once we get to the Hike Inn, we will take a lunch break of about 30 minutes inside Hike Inn Dinning Hall. They don't serve food there but you can have coffee and cookies there, and put some money in the donation jar. Therfore, bring some loose cash. 

After our break, we'll return using the traditional 5 mile Len Foote Hike Inn trail and descend to the parking lot.

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

Required Items to Bring:

Water, snacks, lunch... clothing appropriate for the weather

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles as you prefer

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/Visitor Center, take a left at the ranger station.  Climb the steep road and take the second right turn, which is marked by a sign for the top of the falls.  There are two parking lots here: the waterfall begins immediately at the edge of the larger, lower lot.  We will meet in the smaller, upper parking lot, designated by signage for the Hike Inn. There are restrooms at the Visitor's Center as well as the Hike Inn parking lot.

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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