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Michelle and I hiked the Len Foote Inn trail and AT approach trail "loop" counter clockwise today. We parked above the falls to avoid the 425 steps. We hit the trail at 10:45am and returned at approx. 5pm.
What a great hike. The weather was mostly perfect (42-52). We were shedding cloths after 3/4 mile in. Had a great lunch at the Inn. Their hospitality was outstanding. We passed numerous people/groups/families out enjoying the woods. Even saw a couple of campers. Met one gentleman from Belgium on the approach trail starting a three day hike to Neels Gap. We encountered some sleet, then drizzle after Amicalola mountain.
So everything I saw said this hike is 9.8 miles. WRONG.....I have four separate devices that register 10.4, 10.78, 10.32, and my GPS showed 11.0. I'll go with my InReach (GPS).
Hard to find but worth the drive. I encountered only two people (both on bikes) while hiking. Very dog friendly. My pup loved the creek crossings and laughed at me when I lamented wet shoes. Full loop took us only 3 or so hours. Beautiful forest and quiet. The Gannett poplar was amazing but horribly scarred by others carving the trunk.
My family and I day-hiked this trail today. It is one of the more strenuous trails in the area, but we enjoyed the challenge. There are not many views along the trail other than the small section of clearing at the Hike Inn. The inn did provide a nice place to rest and enjoy our lunch.
Great loop trail starting at the Appalachian Trail access parking lot up to Springer mountain to the Southern terminus of the AT then along the AT and back via the Benton MacKaye Trail. Don't miss the scenic view of the mountains along the BMT.
I live in Florida so I flew to Atlanta, rented a car and drove about an hour north of Atlanta to Dawsonville, Ga. just for this hike. The trailhead is located in the Amicaclola Falls state park. It is a meandering hike through woods to the Hike Inn. Lots of people day hike to the Inn, grab a snack and hike back. If you have the opportunity, book a stay at the Hike Inn. Great people, sunrise and awesome food. If you have a 2 night stay planned, wake up early the 1st morning and hike to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the AT. It is about an 8 mile round trip journey back to the Inn so you will be primed for another great dinner at the Inn.