I have been fortunate enough to go to the Hike Inn 7 times. The first two visits were with my wife, and the last five were overnight field trips with 5th and 6th graders.
As a couples retreat, the Hike Inn provides a wonderful means to leave it all behind and put you and your spouse in an environment that encourages quality time with one another. You will meet other couples doing the same thing, from all around and from all backgrounds.
As a location to take children, the Inn is unrivaled. There are plenty of games for kids to play, they are in the WOODS, and the staff is very accommodating. I would suggest, though, not allowing children to free range too much. The only negative reviews I've ever read have been of people letting their kids run wild and unsupervised, which is not the manament's fault.
The Mission of the Inn is largely conservation education. The children I've been able to bring were funded by a concert of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and Len Foote Hike Inn efforts. Without this partnering, the roughly 75 children they have hosted on trips I've been on would never have happened. So...in a nutshell, they put their money where their mouth is! Great discussion about ecology, botany, decomposition, and waste products :-).
The facilities @ the inn are well kept and in good running order. You need to understand that you are not going to the Hilton. Some reviews mention thin walls; please remember everything @ the Inn is geared toward conservation, to include using minimal building materials. Bunk rooms, bathroom facilities, and common areas have always been clean.
The food is high quality and WONDERFUL after hiking in. I'm also a big fan of the coffee; it was @ one time the shade-grown sort, though I'm not certain if that's the case now. You'll be lucky if you get some spoon bread for breakfast...it's fantastic!
As with all similar undertakings, a great experience does not manifest itself without great people. The staff have always been courteous, informed, and helpful. Wade has been running the operation for the last several years and does a fantastic job making sure everything is in order. Volunteers have been helping out in the kitchen nearly every time I've been there. I even met a wonderful lady who is responsible for most of the wild plants around the facilities on my last visit.
In summary, you won't be disappointed with the experience the Len Foote Hike Inn presents. If you enjoy making great memories, go make them about 5 miles in from the trailhead, located at the top of Amicalola Falls.
- Also Known As:
- Len Foote Hike Hotel Dawsonville