We headed out early in the Morning to try to miss the mayham of driving thru downtown Atlanta. Good idea, but it didn't work, downtown Atlanta Georgia is the most difficult driving you can imagine , bumper to bumper and 10 lanes of trucks,cars,bikes etc.
We did finally make it to our destination at Amicalola falls state park in Northern Georgia.
We picked this park because it is the Southern termis of the two thousand two hundred mile Appalachian Hiking Trail.
I have hiked the Appalachian with my Brother in Law Dave many times in my youth, we have hiked over 200 miles of it in Virginia, Tennessee, and Northern Georgia and always wanted to see the end of it! There also is a 5 mile hike in lodge that we made reservations for a night.
The hike in to the lodge was not that bad, many small ups and downs and it took us a little over 3 hours to reach the lodge, we were the first ones to arrive so for a short time we had the place to ourselves! There is also a Lodge located in Smoky Mt. National park call Mt Leconte Lodge that we have stayed at, is also a 5 mile hike in but it is straight up and up and very strenuous. Both lodges serve gourmet dinners and breakfasts and both are first class! These are both awesome places to hike and get away from the crowds and I highly recommend both lodges!
Leconte Lodge LINK: http://www.highonleconte.com/
|Goodbye AWESOME SUNRISES|
|Goodbye AWESOME SUNSETS at Tiki Bar|
|High Falls State Park Georgia|
|Appalachian Trail Georgia|
|The start of our journey to Hike Inn|
|Beautiful view points along the 5 mile trail|
|We made it! The Hike Inn is totally solar|
|The Inn has 20 of these bunk rooms available|
|Hallway of showers|
|Relax in the wood stove room with music, games, puzzles|
|View from wood stove room|
|Back of lodge , you can see the solar panels on the roof|
|Spring equinox stones that line up the sun into the tunnel ever spring!|
|The start of the AT in Georgia, Maine is 2,191 miles away!|
|Our old friend Steve from working in Yellowstone 2017 paid us a visit at the State park|