Great Smoky Mountains, Hike and Camp
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
Great Smoky Mountains, Gabes Mountain Trail Pass Hen Wallow Falls to the campsite.
The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high. If you look carefully in the water at the base of the falls, you can often find salamanders.
During very cold winter weather, the waterfall can freeze into a beautiful icy column.
The hike to the falls is 4.4 miles roundtrip and considered moderate in difficulty. Hikers continuing on the Gabes Mountain Trail beyond the falls can enjoy an impressive old-growth forest.
Access Trail: Gabes Mountain
Hike to the Hike INN Dec 4, 2013
We are excited that we have been offered the opportunity to bring a group to the Hike Inn on Dec 4, 2013 – and we want YOU to come!
The Inn has room for up to 40 people, so it’s first come, first served. It will be a great time for friends to spend time together and have fun.
$70/person for double occupancy, $125/person for single occupancy (Normally $125/$173!). To reserve your spot you can make a donation of $70 or $125 at
About the Hike Inn:
Located near Dawsonville and Dahlonega, the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park is a back country inn with 2-person private rooms with comfy bunk beds; hot showers, sinks, and compost toilets in the bath house; and prepared meals served in their dining room. The Inn is accessible only by foot over a moderate 5 mile hiking trail which originates at the top of the Amicalola Falls. The hike takes from 2 to 4 hours, and the beautiful trail is entirely within the Chattahoochee National Forest and Amicalola Falls State Park. Guests only need to bring personal items, including clothing, toiletries, and food and water for the trail. Bed linens and towels are provided and a family style dinner and breakfast are served. Educational and entertaining programs are conducted in the Sunrise Room after dinner. There are great porches with rocking chairs, and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, along with books and games. The Sunrise Room (as you would expect from the name!) is an excellent place to enjoy a cup of coffee and the sunrise in the morning. The buildings are awesome, beautiful, green, and LEED Certified Gold! You can learn more about it at their website:http://hike-inn.com.
Hope you can join us!
See you soon on the trail and remember, Nature is cheaper than therapy
Eric Graves / Executive Director / Len Foote Hike Inn
Reginald Mitchell / We Love 2 Hike
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