Tennessee – It’s a short hike to this rustic backcountry lodge

Photo: Charit Creek Lodge, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Set deep within the woods of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, Charit Creek Lodge is the perfect weekend getaway for families looking to rough it—with some amenities. Charit Creek is one of only a handful of backcountry lodges in the country that cannot be reached by car. To get there, guests park their car and hike, bike or ride horseback along either of two well-maintained trails (1.2 miles or 1.7 [...]

November 18th, 2015|Categories: Mountains, Tennessee, Trails, Unique Stays|Tags: , |

Dawsonville, Georgia – Hike to this overnight backcountry lodge along the AT

Georgia’s only backcountry inn, the Len Foote Hike Inn, is located at the end of a 4.9-mile trek that begins at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, Ga. – the infamous southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail. So this family adventure has the spirit of hiking the AT – a little exhilarating taste of what it feels like to launch out into the woods. Except it’s not really the same thing at all. After three hours of hiking, the Hike Inn emerges like a mirage through the trees – [...]

August 18th, 2015|Categories: Georgia, Trails|