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Amicalola - AT approach - Hike Inn loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola State Park, Dawsonville GA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 9 2014  10:00 am >> Sun, Feb 9 2014 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 28 2014 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 8 2014 4:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Andrea Nunn
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Please join us as we hike along one of the most popular and diverse mountain trails in North Georgia. We will cross small streams, traverse mild ridges and hike past hickory, pine and oak trees of North Georgia.  Backpacker magazine included the Hike Inn trail as one of 36 “Best American Hikes", and the Hike Inn was included on National Geographic Traveler’s “Stay List.”

We will depart from the carpool location at approximately 8:30 am, and the hike will begin from the trailhead at approximately 10:00 am.  This is a moderate to difficult loop hike at a moderate pace, and we will stop at various points along the trail.  We will stop for quick breaks at the following locations along the trail:  Frosty Mountain (the highest elevation of the hike), at the turn from the AT approach trail to the Hike Inn Trail, and at the Hike Inn itself.

We will start the hike at the top of the falls. From the trailhead, we will hike the AT Approach trail for about 4.5 miles with a short stop at Frosty Mountain.  We will turn right onto the Hike Inn Trail, and hike a mile to Len Foote Hike Inn. 

We will stop at the Hike Inn for approximately 30 to 45 minuts to take photos and to eat our packed lunch in the Hike Inn's dining hall, as they do not serve lunch to day hikers.  The staff does provide some fruit and/or desserts along with coffee and tea; however, it is customary to leave a tip for the Hike Inn employees.  This is not a guarantee, so PLEASE plan to bring your own lunch and/or snacks. 

We will continue back via the Hike Inn Trail, which is an easy-to-moderate trail takes between two and four hours to complete.  Once we return to the parking lot, then we can venture over to the top of the waterfalls for photos. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Water and lunch
  • Clothing appropriate for weather conditions
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Mansell Park & Ride, take Georgia 400 North past the outlet Mall to GA 136. Turn left onto GA 136.  Then turn right onto GA 52.  The park entrance will be on the left.  Once in the park, follow the signs to the parking area above the falls. The parking lot is on the far side of the falls and has a sign for Hike Inn parking. There are restroom facilities at the trailhead.

Amicalola Falls State Park
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd
Dawsonville GA 30534

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):104Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $41.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


The event will be cancelled if thunderstorms.

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Cost Includes:

$5.00 State Park Fee per car unless you have an annual park pass

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.