Meander on the 5.5-mile hike to Len Foote Hike Inn, a lodge in Amicalola Falls State Park accessible only by trail. The hike offers mild climbs and revealing vistas that showcase the Chattahoochee National Forest.
You don’t have to plan a stay at Len Foote Hike Inn to hike this 5.5-mile trail at AmicalolaFalls State Park. The lime green blazed trail leads you on a scenic and moderate hike with rewarding views of the Chattahoochee National Forest. You’ll begin your journey at the top of Amicalola Falls, so no need to climb the 475 steps from the base of the falls. Once you cross the main park road, the trail will briefly merge with the blue-blazed Springer Mountain Approach Trail. Signs are well marked for the Len Foote Hike Inn trail as it departs into the wilderness. You’ll find mile markers along this easily navigable trail.
What Makes It Great
Stately hickories, oaks, and pine trees line the trail as you steadily rise and fall on modest ridges. As the trail dips, you’ll traverse small streams that are shaded by mountain laurels stretching across the trail. You don’t climb much in elevation during this hike, but at the overlooks along the trail, the trees open up to reveal the expansive wilderness beyond you.
As you reach each vista, you’ll realize you’ve gone just a little further up the mountain. On clear days, you can sometimes see views of Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta skyline. There are a few benches at these overlooks, offering you the chance to sit and admire the view. Once you arrive at the Hike Inn, meander tothe back side of the Inn where you can play corn hole or sit in the Adirondack chairs for a mid-hike break.
Who is Going to Love It
If you’ve visited Amicalola Falls and are looking to get in another fitness hike, this trail is an easy way to accomplish 11 miles without feeling exhausted from steep elevation. Besides the 8.5-mile Approach Trail, this is the longest trail in the park. A reward on your halfway point is that you can explore the Len Foote Hike Inn. They sell beverages, slices of cake (much welcomed after hiking), and you can use clean bathroom facilities. The hike is easy enough for anyone who has a few hikes under their belt.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Follow directions into Amicalola Falls State Park and parking either the Falls Overlook lot or the lot across from the Lodge. The park fee is $5 for the day. Bring your dog on the trail, but pets are not allowed in the Hike Inn or if you are staying overnight. The well-marked trail is blazed with lime green squares. Depending on your hiking speed, allow 2-3 hours each way. You’ll find the return trip has more downhill, making the time shorter hiking from the lodge.