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Arctic Explosion!!

Dahlonega may be considered “The South”, but because of our location in the mountains, Mother Nature’s wrath can hit hard. Over the past couple of days the North Georgia Mountains have been experiencing bitter cold, fierce winds and an icy mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. With the last “arctic blast”, which moved into […]

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Gettin’ and Splittin’!

Here at the Hiker Hostel, our guests are often curious about the “little shed on the hill”. We are often asked questions like, “Is that a meat smoker”? The quick and easy answer is: “No, it’s not a meat smoker”. The uncomplicated answer is: “No, it’s not a meat smoker; it’s a Heat Master Wood […]

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Thoughts on Starting an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike in the Winter…

January is typically one of the slowest months of the year at the Hiker Hostel. That is not to say that we don’t find other things to keep us busy; but “Bed and Breakfast/Hostel operations” go into a state of torpor relative to our other, busier months. Then, beginning around the last week in February, […]

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

…at least that’s what Mark Twain said!  What was actually said by mint assayer Matthew Stephenson during his famous speech in which he asked miners to stay in Georgia was: “Why go to California? In that ridge lies more gold than man ever dreamt of. There’s millions in it!” There’s a lot more to the […]

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Exploring Dukes Creek Falls

On New Years Day we ventured over to check out the short trail to Dukes Creek Falls. While we have visited the next-door neighbor, Raven Cliff Falls, more times than I can count, this was our first time here. At the trailhead are bathrooms and several picnic tables, as well as a fantastic view of […]

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Logan Turnpike Trail

Despite having lived in the Dahlonega area since 1992, there are still a LOT of local trails and area attractions that Josh and I have yet to visit. Now that our Container Cabin construction project is finally done and we’re entering into a generally slower time of year for the hostel, we plan to change […]

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The Season Is Changing

The fall season has officially arrived here in Dahlonega and as many of you know, this is prime time to be in the mountains. As the humidity, temperature, and the leaves begin to fall, now is one of the best times to get outdoors and enjoy all that Dahlonega has to offer. While many of […]

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Horseback Riding in Dahlonega

I haven’t been on a horse since I was about 13 years old…just staying ON my horse today would better my last experience. For those of you who don’t know, in addition to owning the Hiker Hostel, I (this is Leigh, by the way) also do a bit of guiding for a wonderful company, Adventures […]

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A Wilderness (Medicine) Experience

Almost 8 months ago, when I moved to Dahlonega and began working at the Hiker Hostel, Josh and Leigh gave me my first “assignment”. Characteristically straight to the point, Josh simply said, “I’d like to have a Wilderness First Responder course here at the hostel. Make it happen”. After months of “making it happen” we […]

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What do we call these things!?!

What do we call the Hostel’s new sleeping units?  Should they be referred to as Tiny Homes, Container Cabins, Shipping Container Dwellings? What about Ecopods or Small Space Living Units?  We have had a hard time giving them a name that describes what our guests will experience while staying in the new private spaces. To […]

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