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Len Foote Hike Inn

Len Foote Hike Inn
Location USA
Nearest city Dawsonville, Georgia
Established November 1998 (1998-11)[1]
Visitors 9000[2] (in 2012[2])
Governing body Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Website .comhike-inn

The Len Foote Hike Inn is a sustainably designed and USA. The lodge is open year-round and is only accessible via hiking trails. Twenty rooms, a two-story central lobby, a dining room, a bathhouse, toilets, and a common room comprise the facility.[1][3][4]

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The inn opened in November 1998 and sits at an altitude of 3,100 feet. The surrounding area contains mountain laurel, rhododendron, and oak and hickory trees.[1] Conservation, environmental stewardship and environmental education are stressed at the inn.[1][5] The facility contains solar-powered hot showers and compostable, odorless toilets. Communal breakfast and dinner meals are included with the stay and are served family-style. Visitors are encouraged to minimize their food waste during meals, and leftover food is composted via a vermiculture program.[2][7][8][9][10]

View of the sunrise from the Star Base during the 2004 vernal equinox

The Hike Inn can only be reached by foot. The approach trail to the inn from the south starts at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (AT).[3] Thru-hikers for the AT often start or end their journey at the Hike Inn. The trail to the Inn continues northward past the facility for approximately one-mile to reconnect to the AT approach trail.[1] The trail from Amicalola Falls to the Hike Inn is marked with lime green paint blazes. The rise in elevation during this hike is 500 feet and is listed on park literature and signage as an “easy to moderate” hike.[10]

Also located on the grounds of the inn is a granite Star Base formation that aligns with the rising sun during the spring and fall equinoxes. The Star Base was designed by Fernbank Science Center in nearby Atlanta .[7]

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External links

  • Georgia State Parks-Amicalola Falls
  • Hike Inn: Backcountry Lodging via a Beautiful Hike
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