July 8-10

Len Foote Hike Inn Service Weekend
Dawson County, GA

Over the weekend of July 8-10, join the Georgia Conservancy for a two-night service trip to the amazing Len Foote Hike Inn. If you enjoy wilderness hiking, but prefer a soft bed instead of camping, then the Len Foote Hike Inn is for you. Surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Inn provides a truly unique experience.

You will arrive at the inn after a moderate five-mile hike starting at Amicalola Falls State Park and traverse through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The trail follows a gently sloping mountain ridge and crosses small streams. Keep an eye along the trail for wild turkey, thrushes, deer, ferns, wild iris, sassafras, pink lady’s slipper, rhododendron, mountain laurel and colorful mushrooms.

On Saturday, guests will split up into small groups to begin service work that includes cleaning windows and dorm rooms, chopping wood, light building projects, clearing brush, hemlock tree inspection and invasive plant species removal. Service work will conclude in the early afternoon - with enough time for guests to hike back down the mountain if they choose to not spend the night. Martha McMillin, owner of Preserving Place and one of our host of the weekend, will teach a preserves and jam making class on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, the jams will be ready for the delicious Len Foote Hike Inn breakfast!

Rooms have one set of bunk beds. Sheets, pillows and blankets are provided. The shared bathhouse has showers, sinks, mirrors, electrical outlets and odor-free composting toilets. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided.

Rates for this extremely popular Georgia Conservancy trip are per person and include lodging and all meals.

The service you will provide allows this trip to have a reduced rate of up to 60%!

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend at the Len Foote Hike Inn: Sweet Grass DairySweetwater Brewing Company, American Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee


WEEKEND Bunkhouse - $100 Per Person

Includes: Single space in a two bed furnished bunkhouse room, all meals prepared by Len Foote Hike Inn staff, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres, Jam Making 101 Class, Naturalist Guide, Service work instruction and tools, and full access to Hike Inn shower house

 Coming solo? We will pair you with a same gender guest


Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. . Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres atatorres@gaconservancy.org




Dates: July 8-10, 2016
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.


  • All meals
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
  • Jam Making 101 Class
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Service work instruction and tools

Capacity: 50 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.

Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director.

Hosts: Greg Bates

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday

Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Hiking basics/Plant identification/Trail maintenance/Sustainable architecture/Len Foote H.I. History/Georgia Conservancy Mission/Composting basics/Conservation

Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: This trip involves a 5-mile hike to and from the Inn along moderate/rocky terrain in the mountains. Participants will have various options of strenuous to relaxed service work, but should come prepared for physical activity. Open to families with children and novice hikers.

Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Amicalola Falls State Park. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancellations.

What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:

  • Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our payment provider and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list! 
  • Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips:  Ben Fowler welcoming you to the Len Foote Hike Inn Service Weekend and we may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people (ex. names of individuals, rental gear needs, dietary restrictions, etc.)
  • 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, ect.)
  • 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.

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The Len Foote Hike Inn Service Weekend is one of four service weekends hosted by the Georgia Conservancy every year. Other Service Weekends include opportunities to give back and make a difference on Cumberland Island, Sapelo Island and Ossabaw Island.

Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org

Thinking of joining us for a trip? Please read our "Know Before You Go" page for more details.