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Private and Shared Accommodations 


Shared and private accommodations available. All accommodations have free wi-fi and heating/air conditioning. Bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas are all shared. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins welcome. Payment is required at time of booking in order to complete the reservation (we accept all major credit cards and Venmo).

How to Make a Reservation

​Getting Here

  • We are located just 0.6 miles from the Appalachian Trail at Dicks Creek Gap (off mile marker 69.2 NOBO). Walk-ins are welcome! If hiking northbound, turn left/head west when you get to the road crossing and parking area at Dicks Creek Gap, and we are 0.6 miles down on the right (the first driveway you'll see).  Free shuttles are available to and from the trailhead for hostel and outfitter guests (text 706-389-9668 with ETA for pickup 1 mile out from Dicks Creek Gap).

  • We run scheduled shuttles upon request to and from Unicoi Gap (text 706-389-9668 with ETA for pickup the morning of check in).

  • If driving in, search for "Hostel Around the Bend" in maps program (do not type in our address). Parking directly in front of the hostel is first come, first served. There is an overflow/long-term gravel parking area on-site at the bottom of the property.

Checking In

  • Check-in time is from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

  • Early arrivals before 3:00 pm are welcome! Guests may relax in common areas, grab a shower, or get a head start on laundry while we get their room ready.​

  • Cut-off check-in time for shared accommodations (bunks) is no later than 8:00 pm out of respect for other guests. If your expected arrival time will be after 8:00 pm, please reserve a private room and notify us of your arrival time, and we will provide self-check-in instructions.

* If you need to make any changes to your reservation,

please call the hostel at 706-389-9668 and speak to hostel staff directly

(we do not accept requests to change reservations via email). *


Private Rooms

At Around the Bend, we offer guests a variety of room configurations to suit their needs. Choose from private rooms with single beds, queen beds, and king beds, all of which are fully made to ensure a comfortable stay. Our hostel is perfect for solo travelers or small groups of up to three guests. Travelling with a pet? Two of our private huts are pet-friendly for well-behaved, housetrained pets. With our cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, you'll feel right at home.


Private Room with

King Bed


Private Room with Queen Bed


Private Room with

2 Single Beds

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Private Room with

3 Single Beds

Shared Rooms

Our hostel is designed to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages interaction between guests. Our shared bunkroom is ideal for travelers who are looking for an affordable and fun way to enjoy their stay. Each bunk comes with curtains for privacy, personal lights and power outlets, and comfortable bedding with fitted sheets and pillowcases. We provide all the amenities you need to feel at home and rejuvenated after a long day of adventures.


All bunks have privacy curtains


Each bunk has its own light and outlet


Bunkroom can comfortably sleep 6


Entrance to Bunkroom

The Cabin Around the Bend (Private Tiny Home)

Private cabin with gorgeous mountain views in Hiawassee, GA located just down the road from Hostel Around the Bend on an adjacent property. The cabin is about a mile away from the Appalachian Trail at Dicks Creek Gap and 0.6 miles from a winery! The cabin can sleep up to 2 guests and has 1 bedroom with a queen bed, 1 full bathroom, full kitchen, washer, and dryer. Free wi-fi provided. The cabin is easy to access off a main road and conveniently located about 15 minute drive from Hiawassee, GA, about a 25 minute drive from Clayton, GA, and about a 35 minute drive from Helen, GA. For guests without a car, we offer all the included free guests shuttles for hostel guests to and from the trail and town.


Interior view of the cabin


Bedroom with queen bed


View from the back porch


Front exterior of the cabin

Group Lodging

If you’re looking for a unique place to host your next group event, Hostel Around the Bend is the perfect choice. Our entire hostel property is available for rent, with flexible check-in and check-out times to accommodate your group. We offer a range of spacious accommodations, including private rooms and dorm-style bunks, to sleep up to 22 guests. With plenty of communal areas indoors and out, our hostel is perfect for family reunions, parties, retreats, and more. Contact us today to plan your stay at Hostel Around the Bend.


Private huts can each sleep up 2 to guests


Guest house and attached bunkroom


One of the three full bathrooms on site


Beds configured different ways

Hostel Common Areas

We believe that the best part of travel is the people you meet along the way, and our hostel is designed to foster community and connection. At Hostel Around the Bend, we provide a welcoming atmosphere for hikers and travelers alike. Our hostel is the perfect place to connect with fellow adventure seekers in a comfortable and communal environment. Grab one of our guitars and join in on a music session, or cozy up around the fire pit and swap stories with other guests. With two indoor common areas and an outdoor fire pit area, there is always a space to unwind and make new friends.


View from the firepit area


Communal kitchen in the main house


Patio area in front of the guest house


Living area inside main house

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