UNG Outdoors: Len Foote Hike Inn

Len Foote Hike Inn

Randall Brown, ‘91 will lead the 5 mile hike from Amicalola Falls State Park Visitor’s Center to the secluded Len Foote Hike Inn on April 1, 2017. At the entrance, please tell parking attendant you are with the UNG Alumni group hiking to the Len Foote Hike Inn. They should not charge you the $5 parking fee. They will direct you to the Visitor’s Center.

Attendees will check in at the Visitor’s Center right inside the entrance of Amicalola Falls State Park. The Visitor’s Center usually charges Len Foote Hike Inn guests the $5 parking fee, but UNG-AA will cover that cost. The group will meet for a buffet lunch ($14.95 per person, not included) at the Amicalola Falls Lodge at 11:30 a.m., and set out on the easy-to-moderate trail to the Inn around 1 p.m.


April 1, 2017
11 a.m. Check in at Amicalola Falls State Park Visitor’s Center (just inside park entrance)

11:30 a.m. Buffet Lunch at Amicalola Falls Lodge (top of falls) *14.95 per person

1 p.m. Start on the 5 mile trail to the Len Foote Hike Inn

5 p.m.: Tour of facilities

6 p.m.: Family style dinner

After dinner: Educational program

Hike Inn April 2:
8 a.m.: Breakfast served

9 to 10 a.m.: Check out (group leaves to hike back to Amicalola Falls State Park)


UNG Alumni Relations has 10 rooms reserved for the UNG Outdoors Group.
To reserve a room, call 800-581-8032 and mention UNG Alumni under the name Wendi Huguley to receive the friendly rate:

Two Adults one-night stay: $195.50 total
Single Adult one-night stay: $134.55 total

*The tour, dinner, program, and breakfast at the Hike Inn are included in above price. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please say so when reserving your room.

Questions? Call Alumni Office: 706-864-1547  

Other Information

Randall Brown

Randall received his Bachelor’s in ’91 and his Master’s in ’94 from UNG. He currently teaches Career Development classes at Oconee County Middle School. Randall is a passionate hiker and has hiked 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail twice (from North Carolina to Springer Mountain), not including other day hikes and short trips. Randall was introduced to hiking in 1989 while at North Georgia.

What you'll find waiting for you at the Hike Inn

  • Friendly staff, gorgeous views, occasional wildlife
  • Iced and hot Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee and glasses/cups to drink from
  • Deserts from previous night's dinner (great after a 5-mile hike)
  • Generous dinner and Hearty breakfast (with accommodations for allergies, veg, vegan, gluten free, etc.--specify at registration)
  • Bed and Bath linens, body wash & shampoo
  • Toilets, hot showers, sinks
  • Facility Tour
  • Program presentation (usually about outdoor recreation, nature, local culture/history/arts and the like)
  • Game room with board games, musical instruments, puzzles, etc
  • Rocking chairs on the porch
  • Gentle alarm for those who don't want to miss a spectacular sunrise
  • Small gift shop
  • Corn hole game
  • Approach trail to Springer Mtn (southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail)

Essentials (Dependent upon individual needs and preferences)

*Carry what you need for safety & enjoyment
*Goal is to keep your pack 15-20lbs or less (lighter is always better on your body & exertion levels),
but remember this is also supposed to be enjoyable.

Hydration & Energy

  • 32-48 oz water depending on weather and fitness level
  • Gatorade or drink mixes
  • Light snack as desired--trail mix, whole fruit, clif bar, etc.

Zip top bags (gallon and/or quart)

  • Just a few for protecting items from rain, storing toiletries & medications, stowing your trash and other trash you find on the trail


  • Consider the Weather--rain/cold (it could be 10 degrees cooler than Dawsonville's weather.com) --always bring a light rain jacket/poncho to keep upper body dry
  • One set of clothes for hiking (no cotton-especially against your skin, comfy shoes or boots)--wool-blend socks over thin synthetic socks may prevent blisters
  • One set of clothes for relaxing at the INN 
    • (Think "comfort"--cotton ok, more comfy shoes, warmth for star watching & sunrise according to weather)
  • Sleep wear as desired for comfort
  • Headcover--Cap/bandana/headband / beanie if cold expected

Toiletries & Medications

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste, Deodorant, contacts/glasses/solution
  • Prescriptions & a few each medications for pain, allergy, upset stomach(just in case)--no whole bottles
  • Small amount of toilet tissue/wipes for the trail -- just in case
  • Any items needed medical conditions 


  • 1 or 2 hiking poles (or just find a stick on the trail)
  • Insect & sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Whistle
  • Couple bandaids & alcohol pad
  • Cellphone & charger (while use is discouraged outside your room, they do have outlets in the dining room for charging)


*mainly for your comfort/enjoyment (just be willing to carry it!)

  • change of clothes & water to keep in your car for the ride home
  • Hard candy or gum for flavor & sweetness while hiking
  • small umbrella if rain is likely (seriously, this is nice to have hiking in the rain)
  • Your own coffee mug (some even pack their own coffee) / powdered drink mixes like crystal light)
  • Book
  • Digital camera (nature photography) if your phone just won't do
  • Headphones for smartphone/mp3 if you plan to listen to music
  • Small flashlight / headlamp 
  • Thin gloves if cold expected


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