The Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park; Dawsonville, Ga.
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At the Len Foote Hike Inn (hike-inn.com), located just miles from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the only ecological footprints are the ones you leave on your journey to and from the site (guests hike five miles to reach the property). It's not camping, but it's not the Four Seasons either. You'll stay in bunk-bedded rooms ($70 per person for double occupancy, $97 for single) with no electrical outlets (to conserve energy) and play SCRABBLE with other guests in the Sunrise Room overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. And since you're likely, um, stinky from your hike, you can wash off in the bathhouse, sticking to the seven-minute shower rule, of course.
For its conservation efforts, the Hike Inn has a Gold Level Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for an Existing Building. There are solar panels and a rain barrel, which collects and reuses rainwater, and the staff encourages guests to clean their plates at meals to create zero waste (the inn aims for one ounce or less of wasted food per ten guests per night). Be sure to leave your cell, BlackBerry, and laptops at home—the inn asks guests to embrace its eco-friendly atmosphere and escape the real world by ditching technology.
Save the World
The Hike Inn welcomes your glutes to waterless, odor-free composting toilets, located in the bathhouse, that save about 200,000 gallons of valuable water every year.