COVID-19 UPDATE: To ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff during this global pandemic, we have decided to temporarily close the Hiker Hostel and discontinue our shuttle service until further notice.

As a small business, we appreciate your support and are working hard to keep our doors open at Barefoot Hills without compromising anyone’s safety.  We have made the decision to limit our hours of operation to Thursday-Sunday reservations for the month of April.  In line with the Lumpkin County guidelines, we will not be able to serve our usual continental breakfast as all dine-in situations are no longer allowed. We have discontinued ALL foodservice until further notice.

That being said, we hope you will choose to stay with us! During this time of social distancing, there is no better escape than to a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.  Our accommodations are spaced out throughout the property with outdoor entrances to each cabin, room, and suite.  We are taking extra precautions to clean all surfaces in the rooms between visits.  So, please join us for a change of scenery, some fresh mountain air, and a chance to unplug during this stressful time.

If you can’t make the trip but are interested in helping our business during this time, you can book a mountain weekend for the Fall or purchase a gift card to use at a later date.  We appreciate your support! Thank you.

Hiker Hostel at Barefoot Hills

The Hiker Hostel at Barefoot Hills is the perfect retreat from the trails. Four single bunk bed accommodations are available in our communal bedroom. Our most economical offering, these accommodations are ideal for budget-conscious individual travelers seeking simple respite from their trail journey. 

A full semi-private bathroom with a shower is located inside of the Hiker Hostel. The bunk room also features a television and a kitchenette equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker.

Supplies, food & drinks, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in our cafe. Around the Main Lodge where the bunk room is located, there is a patio with a grill, Big Green Egg, and fire pit that is available for communal use with other guests on the property. You may be interested in upgrading to a private room at Barefoot Hills. You may view accommodation options on the main page.



  • 1 bunk in our shared bunk room

1 with shower


  • Easy access to the covered porch with a firepit
  • Full use of communal living area/classroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service available


AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 15, 2021 - April 30, 2021

This is a one-stop-shop for starting your NOBO journey on the Appalachian Trail. Book your bunk and shuttles together without the hassle.


  • Shuttle to the Hiker Hostel from one of our pickup locations (see options below). Shuttle pricing per person. Pickup at 2:00pm.
  • One-Night Stay in a Bunk at the Hiker Hostel
  • To-go breakfast before departure to trail
  • Shuttle to Amicalola Falls Approach Trail the following morning. Scheduled to leave the hostel after breakfast (approx. 8:30am)


  • Gainesville Greyhound Bus Station (Mondays Only) at 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday: North Springs MARTA Station (Tuesdays Only) at 2:00 pm
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Wednesdays Only) at 2:00 pm

Payment for shuttles is required at the time of booking. Shuttle bookings are non-refundable. 

NOTE: Please choose multiple shuttles in the quantity tab if you're bringing multiple people in your party

*Please note that all Airport, MARTA, and Greyhound station shuttles are non-refundable

**Please call (770) 312-7342 for more a la carte options and dates available. If you do not need a shuttle to the Hiker Hostel, you may book an individual bunk and shuttle to the trail separately.

Please note tax is 13% (5% hotel and 8% sales)

We have fuel and hiking essentials available for purchase.  For our hikers that prefer a private room at our Barefoot Hills property, we also serve beer, wine, and food in our Hills cafe, so you can relax before beginning your Thru-Hike.

For those traveling with pets, Barefoot Hills allows dogs in their private rooms, however, we do not allow dogs at Hiker Hostel due to communal living areas.