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dje97001
09-22-2005, 22:24
I've reread the various threads here on Lodging down near the southern terminus. But I'm still having trouble--people seem to be very loose with the names they apply to various places.

So far, I'm under the impression that there are cabins, a Lodge, an Inn, and of course the shelters (one half way up the approach and one just north of the summit.

So here is what I am looking for:
1. The actual name of the place you are talking about
2. Location of the place (its proximity to the AT or the Approach trail--i.e. would family need to get in a vehicle to see you off)
3. Restrictions/Cost/Accommodations (someone here said that one of the places required 2 night reservations when in-season?; And it seems that some people have said that the Inn has a great AYCE, but others have said the lodge... and as far as I know the only Inn is the "Hike Inn" which is 5 miles off the trail?)

Thanks in advance.

Whistler
09-22-2005, 23:57
Amicalola SP Lodge-- This is hotel-style, 50 or 60 rooms, conference center, and restaurant. In the $75-150 range, give or take. You can drive through the park, up the hill, past the falls, and up to the Lodge itself. You can see the Lodge from within the park, it's very close. http://www.amicalolafalls.com/net/content/item.aspx?s=5816.0.10.5646

Len Foote Hike Inn-- These are bunk-style facilities, 20 rooms or so for $70-100 per person. You reach it via footpath: it shares a couple miles on the AT Approach Trail, then splits to a separate trail for another couple miles. About 5 miles of walking total. http://www.hike-inn.com/

Shelter--Just a few hundred feet away from the Visitors Center at start of Approach.
Shelter--1.5 miles south of Springer on AT Approach

There are also about a dozen cabins. Check out http://www.gastateparks.org/info/amicalola/ for more info and an excellent map.
-Mark

Bassline
09-23-2005, 00:07
www.hikerhostel.com (http://www.hikerhostel.com)

I did not stay there. I live in Atlanta, but I know several hikers that used them, and they all had good things to say. The owner of the hostel did give us a ride in and out of Dalohnega (SP) for some Saint Patty's day Beer. Good guy!!!

Frosty
09-23-2005, 00:11
www.hikerhostel.com (http://www.hikerhostel.com)

I did not stay there. I live in Atlanta, but I know several hikers that used them, and they all had good things to say. The owner of the hostel did give us a ride in and out of Dalohnega (SP) for some Saint Patty's day Beer. Good guy!!!I stayed there. Profile and Almanac are terrific. A good example of what happens when thruhikers run a hostel.

digger51
09-23-2005, 00:28
I stayed there the last 2 years and will continue to do so. Josh and Leigh will shuttle you to Amicalola or to near Springer if you wish. The cost is very reasonable and well worth the stay.

The Solemates
09-23-2005, 10:41
just as a side note, if you plan on staying at Amicalola Lodge on a weekend during prime thru-hiking season, they make you stay a minimum of 2 nights. its a very nice, relaxing place with a great breakfast!

dje97001
09-23-2005, 16:10
I just called the Amicalola SP Lodge (thanks for the website link) to find out about availability and cost. They tell me that if you are interested in a cottage you are required to book a minimum of 2 night's stay. All of the other accommodations they offer do not have a minimum stay (other than 1 night). I'm under the impression that they control reservations for cottages, cabins and the lodge rooms themselves. Weekend fee for king lodge room is 69 bucks, weekday is 59.

Is the lodge on the Approach Trail (at the base... at the top?)?

Lone Wolf
09-23-2005, 16:12
The Lodge is on the approach trail(within a coupla hundred yards)

Lone Wolf
09-23-2005, 16:13
one mile or so up from the visitors center

jlb2012
09-23-2005, 16:20
yep - see map: http://www.gastateparks.org/content/georgia/parks/maps/Amicalola-sitemap.pdf

dje97001
09-23-2005, 16:52
Very cool guys thanks.

I just can't believe how cheap that is.

Dances with Mice
09-23-2005, 19:06
Is the lodge on the Approach Trail (at the base... at the top?)?The lodge is near the top of Amicalola Falls, the Approach begins behind the Visitor's Center near the base of the falls. About a mile, mas o menos. The Approach Trail cuts across the backside of the lodge's parking lot, where there's a sign many people pose beside that warns the unprepared that the difficulty of the remainder of the trail to Springer is "Strenuous".

http://www.whiteblaze.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/602/sort/1/cat/all/page/5

The Solemates
09-26-2005, 13:28
I just called the Amicalola SP Lodge (thanks for the website link) to find out about availability and cost. They tell me that if you are interested in a cottage you are required to book a minimum of 2 night's stay. All of the other accommodations they offer do not have a minimum stay (other than 1 night). I'm under the impression that they control reservations for cottages, cabins and the lodge rooms themselves. Weekend fee for king lodge room is 69 bucks, weekday is 59.

Is the lodge on the Approach Trail (at the base... at the top?)?

we stayed there 1/30/04 and 1/31/04 and they required us to stay 2 nights. maybe we just got scammed.

The Solemates
09-26-2005, 13:29
and its interesting to see that the rates havent increased since then. we too paid $69, but split among 6 people, that was only a little over $10 pp. thats the way to do it.

H2O_Buffalo
12-13-2006, 14:40
Has anyone ever stayed in one of the cottages at Amicalola? If so, how was it?

A

orangebug
12-13-2006, 15:59
The SORUCK was in the cottages for a couple of years. These are very nice cottages, well heated, fireplaces and the like. There are a variety of cabins/cottages of a variety of ages, all in excellent repair.

Parking and driving can be a problem during bad weather. These are popular resources for folks on holiday weekends and the like. I'd get your reservations in soon. (Unless you really ain't leaving for 2 years).

Lone Wolf
12-13-2006, 16:16
Has anyone ever stayed in one of the cottages at Amicalola? If so, how was it?

A

nice cottages. i've stayed in them a coupla times.

H2O_Buffalo
12-14-2006, 07:52
The SORUCK was in the cottages for a couple of years. These are very nice cottages, well heated, fireplaces and the like. There are a variety of cabins/cottages of a variety of ages, all in excellent repair.

Parking and driving can be a problem during bad weather. These are popular resources for folks on holiday weekends and the like. I'd get your reservations in soon. (Unless you really ain't leaving for 2 years).

Probably not until Fall 2007. Plan to section hike from Dick's Creek Gap to Amicalola and meet the spouse there when done. She will be visiting her kids in Athens while I am hiking... assuming my foot is ready for it by then... sigh...

Thanks...

ScottP
12-14-2006, 20:31
Stay here:

http://www.hikerhostel.com

buckowens
12-24-2006, 10:31
I booked a room at the lodge for June 07 for the start of my section hike. They have limited available rooms, and the cabins are not very expensive but require a two night stay. You can book up to a year out.