The amount of preparation that wanna-be Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers put into their treks ranges from "none" to "years of obsession" to "a lifetime of hoping and planning." It's almost comical, however, how many hikers make it all the way to Atlanta before they realize their northbound hike actually begins far, far away at a place called Springer Mountain. So, they call for a shuttle from Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega to pick them up and get them to the Trail -- often after a good night's sleep and a dandy breakfast.
Hikers on the AT for a week or two are ready for zero days at Hiker Hostel. Grubby, grungy, stinky Trailers simply call Hiker Hostel and they're fetched, fed, rested, recreated and redeposited back on the Trail when they tire, once again, of living indoors. (Spoil yourself and be kind to your companions by grabbing a hot shower before you go.)
City folks and other flatlanders sometimes come to their senses and venture out for day hikes or to ride mountain bikes or hang out in the "mountains" of North Georgia.
One favorite choice for overnight accommodations -- for a night or a weekend -- is the Hiker Hostel, owned and operated by Saints.
Josh and Leigh Saint thru-hiked the AT in 2000. Then they worked like rented mules to whip the Hiker Hostel into shape in time to open for business four years later.
You'll love what they've done to the place.
The Hiker Hostel makes the harder-than-you-think AT hike up, down and around North Georgia easier to manage. Just knowing that you can get off the Trail if you want to (or need to) is a big relief.
It's totally unlike hiking through the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine, where there's one way in and one way out.
You're never more than a few miles away from a place where the Saints can pluck you off the Trail, if necessary.
I know. Not very Gene Espy-ish, but comforting.
Fancy folks gravitate to the cute little log cabin for rent at Hiker Hostel.
There are also private rooms and bunk beds for a good night's sleep inside the Hiker Hostel.
The Cool People stay in the colorful renovated shipping containers that the too-snooty might dismiss before hearing about the heat, air conditioning, large windows, private deck and cuddly views.
You'll sing the praises of living in metal boxes the rest of your days. Maybe.
Check your e-mail, watch a movie with new friends, sleep in a comfy bed until it's time to head out or just relax in a hammock at Hiker Hostel ... before you go back where you belong.
Shannon & Derek are more than staff members. They're friendly hikers who know area trails. They'll be happy to help you any way they can
Hiker Hostel's website says it best:
We are your full service contact for ALL hostel, slackpack, shuttle and logistical needs for hiking the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail or cycling and trail running in North Georgia.
Need one more reason to visit our friends at Hiker Hostel?
It's not exactly LL Bean, but they do have a few Trail essentials, including the most stupendous spork I have ever personally owned.
Imported. Red. Very fancy and durable. A triumph of form and function. That one essential pack item that will make fellow travelers say, "Hey! Where'd you get that spork?"
Get away from everything worth getting away from and visit the Hiker Hostel in North Georgia. Home of the Super Spork.
Don't worry, if you decide you're not going back home until you hike the AT to Maine, they'll notify your family & friends. Probably.
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