ATKO 2018

"Appalachian Trail Kickoff"


Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville GA
 Friday March 2 - Sunday March 4

THE 2018 SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE UP UNTIL FEBRUARY 2018

Take a look at this site to see what happened in Spring 2017 to

 get an idea of what's coming up !

Lodging/Camping/Shuttles


** Where to stay while attending the 2018 ATKO (Appalachian Trail Kickoff) **


AMICALOLA LODGE:
  Pleaser call ASAP in advance for lodge room reservations
as they sell out very quickly !  706-265-8888

(The coziest place to lodge for the "ATKO" is at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge. Most of the events take place in the lower level of the lodge - so it is convenient - and the views are magnificent.  Many participants & thru-hikers will share rooms with family ... who are perhaps seeing the hiker off at Springer Mt.  Many other aspiring thru-hikers will share a room with other hikers to economize. The lodge also has a great "restaurant" with a view - "The Maple" - with modestly priced / tasty food.)



TENTING AREA @"ATKO" -  CALL ASAP IN ADVANCE TO 706-265-4703 (8:30am-5pm) FOR A RESERVATION
(After 5pm you may leave a message at 706-265-1969)

(A communal firepit will be in the middle of the area and restrooms and showers are close.) 






PARK COTTAGES  (Dog friendly) / RV CAMPING / CAMPING:  Call Amicalola Falls State Park's visitor's center to reserve a spot at: 706-265-1969


NEARBY LODGING AND FOOD:
 

"Under the Hemlock" has cabins and camping and is located about a mile away from the park.
"Under the Hemlock":
 5545 Georgia 52
Dawsonville
(706) 265-4603

The nearest towns are downtown Dawsonville, GA and Dahlonega, GA (both about a 25 minute drive away). Both towns provide lodging and food. Some mentionables are:


Dahlonega Lodging:  a) The Smith House: 84 South Chestatee Street
Dahlonega
(706) 867-7000

                   
*Dahlonega Dining: a) The Smith House: 84 South Chestatee Street
Dahlonega
(706) 867-7000

    *b) Corkscrew Cafe: 51 West Main Street
Dahlonega
(706) 867-8551

*c) Crimson Moon Cafe: 24 North Park Street
Dahlonega
(706) 864-3982


Dawsonville Lodging: a) Best Western: 76 North Georgia Avenue
Dawsonville
(706) 216-4410

Dawsonville Dining:  a) Taco Bell - 41 Big Horn Lane, Shell Food Mart
Dawsonville
(706) 531-9967

b) Dawson County Diner - 236 Georgia 53
Dawsonville
(706) 216-0977


SHUTTLES:

Top of Georgia Hostel and Hiking Center: 706-982-3252
Ron's Appalachian Trail Shuttles: 706-669-0919  
or
Go to www.appalachiantrail.org to find a Georgia shuttle