Pleasant Ridge Park and Ice Cream!

If you are looking for a place to hike, ride your mountain bike, take the kids fishing, host a group function, or photograph waterfalls, Pleasant Ridge Park  is the place to go in Greenville County, SC! On a recent Saturday my wife was hosting a bridal shower at our house so it was the perfect time … Read morePleasant Ridge Park and Ice Cream!

Tired of Spending Spring Break at the Beach? Try Some Waterfalls in the Southeast

Spring break is among us! Looking for some amazing destinations other than those crowded beaches that everyone seems to go to? Don’t worry, I have you covered. Whether you live near Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, or North Carolina, there are tons of wonderful waterfalls to occupy your spring break. I have put together a few of … Read moreTired of Spending Spring Break at the Beach? Try Some Waterfalls in the Southeast

Georgia’s Highest Point on the Appalachian Trail

Blood Mountain Summit       Blood Mountain is most notably known as the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. Standing at 4458 feet at its summit makes it the sixth tallest mountain in the State. Some believe the origin of its name came from a bloody battle between the Cherokee … Read moreGeorgia’s Highest Point on the Appalachian Trail

Mt. Cammerer Lookout

Mt. Cammerer, is a fire lookout station built in the 1930’s and used until the 1960’s.  I have had Mt. Cammerer Lookout marked on my map for about a year now,   I had read about the endless views of Tennessee and North Carolina as it straddles the state line at an elevation of 4928FT, … Read moreMt. Cammerer Lookout

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge – A Favorite North Georgia Destination

     Noted as one of the most scenic sections of the Toccoa River, this unique footbridge is a popular year-round attraction for day hikers and campers along with those kayaking or canoeing the Toccoa River Canoe Trail. It spans an impressive 265 feet across the Toccoa River which makes it the longest swinging bridge … Read moreToccoa River Swinging Bridge – A Favorite North Georgia Destination

My “Top 5” short hike waterfalls in North Georgia

  Although there are hundreds of waterfalls in the North Georgia Mountains, I have compiled this list of my top 5 easy access waterfalls that most everyone can visit. Each of these I consider a short hike being they’re 1-mile or less. Blue Hole Falls       This waterfall is the first of two … Read moreMy “Top 5” short hike waterfalls in North Georgia

Rough Ridge- Blue Ridge Parkway

   One of North Carolina’s most visited trail, is the Rough Ridge trail. With amazing views, the trail is a go to spot for any hiker and photographer.Located on mile post 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Rough Ridge is part of the larger Tanawha Trail. Roughly around .8 of a mile hike, the hike … Read moreRough Ridge- Blue Ridge Parkway

Max Patch Mountain one of the most iconic sections on the AT.

  Max Patch, standing at a modest 4600 feet, is what’s considered a “bald” mountain due to being cleared and used as pasture in the 1800’s. This is one of the many things that make this mountain so alluring. From its summit you have breathtaking 360-degree views which extend to Mount Mitchell and The Great … Read moreMax Patch Mountain one of the most iconic sections on the AT.

A Ride in the Country, Greenville County, SC

I’m a lazy hiker. There, I said it. If I can see things from the car I’m very happy. I don’t have a problem maneuvering the car just right and putting the window down for a clearer view. But if I have to get out of the car, the view better be worth the effort. … Read moreA Ride in the Country, Greenville County, SC

Len Foote Hike Inn a “One of a Kind” North Georgia retreat.

North Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawson County, GA. is home to this truly unique backcountry Inn. The Len Foote Hike Inn is only accessible to the public by foot along its own hiking trail that travels through the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest.

 

From the moment that you step into the lobby you can begin to feel the stress free environment that the Hike Inn promotes. From the wood burning stove centered in the floor to the hiking gear artifacts hanging around the walls to the section dedicated to the history of the Inn and its namesake, Leonard E. Foote.

 

Mr. Foote, a Georgia native, was a leading conservationist, biologist and nature photographer that dedicated his work to preserving the beauty of the outdoors. To this day these are still the beliefs that the Hike Inn continues to operate on, such as obtaining their electricity from Photo-voltaic solar panels and odor free composting toilets.

 

The Inn is a 20 room facility with a dining hall, hot showers and an abundance of porches to relax on and take in the beautiful mountain view’s or socialize with fellow hikers and friends.

“The Trail”

  The sign marked trailhead (as seen in picture below) is located at the top of the Falls parking lot. This is where the adventure begins as the trail meanders through a lush forest, laurel lined tunnels and several small stream crossings with foot bridges. Midway through the trail you'll find a beautiful vista looking to the east with a bench which makes for great place to take a break and enjoy the view. I would rate this trail as moderate and makes for a 5-mile trek (10 miles out & back). I would consider this one of the most enjoyable trails that you’ll find in the North Georgia area.

 

  For those who choose to stay overnight and would like to add to your hiking miles, you can continue past the Hike Inn until it intersects with the Appalachian Trail Approach Trail. From here continue North for another 5 miles (10 miles out & back) to reach Springer Mountain, the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. This makes for a great day hike while getting to enjoy a little piece of history.

 

  Whether you’re a diehard hiker or just a family looking to “Unplug” for the weekend this is a must visit destination. (For parking and directions see map below.)

I’m an avid hiker with a passion for landscape and nature photography. Although most of my hiking adventures are in the beautiful North Georgia mountains where I have lived my entire life, I do like to venture out and explore new trails all around the southeast. My mission as North Georgia treks is to share my adventures with each of you in hope of giving you a new destination to explore and encourage each of you to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Always #OptOutside

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