Dates:  Thursday-Friday, February 13-14, 2020
Time: 2 pm Thursday - 5 pm Friday
Leader(s): Executive Director and Ecologist, Jess Riddle
Location: Len Foote Hike Inn
Outing Description: On February 13th, Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle give the after-dinner program at the Len Foote Hike Inn focused on winter tree identification. On the morning of the 14th, he will lead a winter tree ID hike along the Hike Inn Trail from the Inn to the parking lot at Amicalola Falls State Park. This trail also features trees over 300 years old. As an added bonus, participants can receive up to 50% off their reservation at the Inn

Meeting Place Directions: Once you've booked your reservation with the Inn, the Inn requests you begin your walking to the Inn by 2:00 pm on the 13th, but Jess's program will not begin until after dinner. The winter tree ID hike will begin after all have had breakfast and checked out of their rooms the following morning on the 14th. To get to the trail head for the Hike Inn Trail, arrive at Amicalola Falls State Park, 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534 and check in at the Visitors Center. There they will give you a map and guide you to the trail head parking lot.

Distance and Difficulty: Everyone who visits the Hike Inn starts at the same point; it is a five-mile hike from the top of Amicalola Falls to the front porch of the Hike Inn. The easy-to-moderate trail takes between two and four hours to complete, crossing small streams, traversing mild ridges and ambling past the hickory, pine and oak trees of North Georgia.

What to Bring and Wear: Plenty of water, warm clothing, rain gear, sturdy footwear, and a light overnight pack. Bring some trail snacks if you wish! If allergic to bees/wasps, remember to bring your meds/epi-pen.

Cancellation: Upon making your reservation with the Inn, they will provide you with cancellation information. Jess will be giving the presentation and leading the hike rain or shine.

Pet Policy: No pets this time please.
Please note: we cannot make reservations for you.
Instructions for reservations and joining us:
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Thursday the 13th
Hike Inn tour at 5:00 pm 
Dinner at 6:00 pm 
Program Presentation by Jess Riddle at 7:00 pm 
Friday the 14th
Breakfast at 8:00 am
Hike with Jess Riddle after breakfast

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