North Georgia's Hiker Hostel is Operated by Saints

The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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.

The Hiker Hostel ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Hiker Hostel ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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.

Josh & Leigh Saint at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Josh & Leigh Saint at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

One favorite choice for overnight accommodations -- for a night or a weekend -- is the Hiker Hostel, owned and operated by Saints.

Honest.

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.

The romantic log cabin at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The romantic log cabin at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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.

Spend a night in a former shipping container at Hiker Hostel. Who knows where you'll be in the morning! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Spend a night in a former shipping container at Hiker Hostel. Who knows where you'll be in the morning! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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.

Outdoors.

The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Derek & Shannon at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Derek & Shannon at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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?

Stuff for sale -- including sporks -- at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Stuff for sale -- including stupendous sporks -- at The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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.

Click Here for the Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega, GA


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Comments
Christine Taylor on Jan 22, 2017
The Hiker Hostel was beautiful and clean BUT, far from friendly. We stayed there April 14, 2016. I got the feeling they were burnt out. We certainly didn't pester them with questions. When we did ask anything we got a quick, cold answer. We were supposed to stay two nights but decided one was enough for us.
eric on Mar 24, 2017
The FB group says this place just sold to a hotel chain out of Atlanta called Barefoot Luxury. Should be interesting to see what they do with the place. The Saints are leaving. The press release is on their site- www.barefootluxury.com