TRAILS USED: Approach, Appalachian, Hike Inn Trails
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate to Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Day or Overnight Hike
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534
HIGHLIGHTS: The Len Foote Hike Inn is located in and around the Amicalola Falls State Park and Chattahoochee National Forest. It is targeted to hikers that enjoy the wilderness but prefer a soft bed, hot showers, and great food instead of backcountry camping.
The Inn was completed in the late 1990’s, and is accessible only by foot over a moderate five mile trail which originates at the top of the falls. The trail is fairly easy and it crosses some small streams and ridges on the way to the Inn. You can combined it with the blue blazed Approach Trail and complete a loop hike back to the Amicalola Falls (where the Len Foote Hike Inn parking area is located.)
This was our second trip to the Len Foote Hike Inn, and this time we decided to hike in one direction and shuttle cars. On our first day we followed the yellow blaze trail from Amicalola Falls to the Len Foote Hike Inn, and on our second day we hiked the Approach and Appalachian Trails across Springer Mountain and down to the U.S. Forest Service Road 42. It’s about a two hour drive from USFS 42 to Amicalola Falls State Park, so the loop hike is definitely more convenient.