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Meet Eric Graves of Len Foote Hike Inn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Graves.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eric. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The Ga State Park system built the Hike Inn as an environmentally based backcountry lodge in 1998. Their goal was to have as little impact on the environment while providing guests a place to reconnect with nature and their families. A nonprofit, Len Foote Hike Inn, Inc. was established by the GA Appalachian Trail Club to run the inn for the state park system.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Overall it has been a smooth ride for the Hike Inn but backcountry lodges have numerous struggles that most lodges do not. The only way to access the inn is via 5 mile trail so weather is always a factor. Winter conditions can be below freezing for days at a time and thunderstorms are a constant risk while hiking during the summer months.

Most people have not stayed at a backcountry lodge before so we have relied heavily on our guests referring other people to us. Personal referrals for guests have been valuable in our growth over the years.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Len Foote Hike Inn – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Being a backcountry lodge is what set us apart from others. We are the only one in Ga and one of three in the entire Southeast. We are very proud of all the conservation methods we use to operate the inn and hope that by showcasing these systems our guests will look to reduce their impact on the environment when returning to their daily lives.

We have numerous composting and solar systems that we use in operating the inn. Our newest solar project “Above the Grid” has the potential to supply up to 69% of our electric needs. We are very proud of our home cooked meals and you will not find a cleaner inn regardless of location.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We will continue to look for ways to reduce our environmental impact and educating our guests on how they can as well. With our new solar array, we will closely monitor how much access energy we generate to determine if a battery system will be our next big improvement.


  • 2 Adults per night start at $175 per night including dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 Adult per night start at $122 per night including dinner and breakfast.
  • Children 12 and under can be added for $35. Max 3 people per room and one must be a child.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 280 Amicalola Falls Rd.,
    Dawsonville, GA 30534
  • Website:
  • Phone: 800.581.8032
  • Email:
  • Instagram: ilovehikeinn
  • Facebook: @lenfootehikeinn

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