Len Foote Hike Inn Near GA's Springer Mtn

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Amicalola State Park leads to Len Foote Hike Inn and the approach trail to the Appalachian Trail. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Len Foote Hike Inn made the news in Atlanta -- pushing aside momentarily the incessant blow-by-blow video of man's inhumanity to man.

Hike Inn offers a respite from the "If it bleeds, it leads!" semi-mentality of radio, TV, newspapers, websites, social networking and unsocial self-absorption made possible by our wired and wireless toys.

Am I saying we must all go and climb a tree in a remote forest and turn off all access to media? Yup.

The best place to do it is Hike Inn, up a hill or three from Amicalola Falls State Park -- best known as the gateway to the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.

Hike Inn is a sylvan sanctuary.

There are no special perks for the famous or powerful. Everybody hikes the five miles to get there. Everybody hikes back out -- even those who beg to stay or offer to pay cash to buy the state park, which is not (yet) for sale. Nobody cares what kind of car you drive or which of your social badges impress flatlanders.

Hike Inn is a utopian society and you can be part of it for a few days or for a week or two.

If you're brave enough to go a day or two without your life-sucking gizmos, the Hike Inn is waiting to comfort you and ease you through your iWhatever withdrawals.

Yes, there are mirrors and hot showers. No, you don't have to forage for and/or prepare your own meals. Yes, you get to sleep in beds with clean sheets. No, there is no TV, Wi-Fi, or bumping/thumping music. Yes, there is entertainment: you, your neighbors and the sounds of nature. No, you cannot stay forever. Yes, you can come back.

What's the downside? You have to walk five miles through the woods to get there. Seriously.

Look on the bright side! This is the perfect place to get away from people who cannot make the five-mile trek and who pester you with text messages, e-mails, tweets, Facebook posts, Instagrams, phone calls, voice mails and/or videos.

Hike Inn is like a boot-camp where you are immersed in the simpler things of life. Only the mellow survive.

Kill your TV and make a run for it.

Head for the hills ... and don't stop until you reach Len Foote Hike Inn.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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