Gary and Lennie Poteat - WE SALUTE YOU !


After serving hikers on the Georgia Appalachian Trail near Dicks Creek Gap for 22 years - the "Blueberry Patch" hostel / ministry has closed it's doors for good and will not be open for the 2015 season - nor subsequent seasons.

Gary and Lennie Poteat's Christian Ministry was a "must stay" - a beatiful place run by gentle and humble people.

Some folks have thought that the opening of the Top of Georgia Hostel and Hiking Center had something to do with their closing. THEY WERE RIGHT - BUT - not in the negative way they assumed. Gary and Lennie have been considering closing for some years now - and according to them - the opening of the TOG was ACTUALLY an answer to their prayers. With us to take care of hikers in the region now - they were "let off the hook".

Thank you for your well wishes for our new hostel Gary and Lennie ! We aspire to treat hikers as good as you two have !.

We wish you two a wonderful "retirement" from the hostel life - and hope you guys don't hesitate to come visit us !! THANK YOU for everything that you have done for the trail !

our location

Top of Georgia Hostel and Hiking Center

7675 US Hwy 76 E,

Hiawassee, GA 30546

Phone. 706-982-3252


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