DAWSONVILLE, Ga. -- This week's one tank trip requires just a little more than filling up your car. You'll also need to pack your hiking boots! Those who make the trek say it's well worth it.
There's a secret at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. It's a hidden getaway off the beaten path that guests call "wonderful," and call it a place where "you unplug."
It sounds great but to get to the Hike Inn, you've literally got to hike across five miles of wilderness trails all on foot. This means no cars, no rides... no exceptions!
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For Jeff Cook and his son Ian, it's well worth the journey.
"None of its really tough it's just kindof hilly and rocky and beautiful trails," Jeff said.
Along the trail to the Hike Inn, you'll pass the Appalachian Trail Approach Path. It may inspire you to journey on.
"We couldn't hike up there and say we hiked to the beginning of the Appalachian trail and not hike on the Appalachian trail," Ian said.
Don't be intimidated. Amateurs are welcome.
At the top you'll meet Eric Graves and his staff. They work and live here within the Chattahoochee National Forest, elevation 3100 feet.
"Atlanta is about sixty miles to the south and we can see the lights on a clear night," Graves said.
Quiet nights are the norm.
"Board games, books, guitars," he explained.
Early evening end in small bunk beds. No cell phones are allowed.
"Unusually there's a bit of shock but then once they get disconnected for a few invites they realize that's why I came to get away and enough nature and get away from technology," Gravers said.
You'll want to wake early for the sunrise view. On the most beautiful mornings, expect a wake up call.
"We actually do wake guests up with a small drum," Graves said.
Then it's time for breakfast, served with a view.
"The food is great, you eat kind of family style so you get to know the other guests," he said.
You'll have to ask to see the special staff that helps clean up. Thousands upon thousands of worms work at the Inn. They are red wiggler worms that consume half their body weight and turn leftovers into compost. Solar panels line the roof. It's a sustainable getaway that doubles as a classroom for all things nature.
It's all waiting for you, a one tank trip from Atlanta where one tank of gas will only get you so far.
"That's the whole cool part of this inn is that you get to hike up and you get to hike back," Mary Sue Hosey said.
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