Hostel In The Forest Reviews And Photos In Brunswick, Georgia

by Adam on March 11, 2013

Adam Jewell At The Main Building At The Hostel in The Forest

Adam Jewell At The Main Building At The Hostel in The Forest

This article provides a review of the Hostel In The Forest along with photos of the Hostel In The Forest in Brunswick Georgia. If you’ve wandered around to many hostels in the United States, especially those that tend to be more eco-friendly type places, chances are you’ve head of the Hostel In The Forest.  It will cost you $25.00 per night to stay at the Hostel In The Forest and you’ll be living in a tree house of sorts while you are there.  The bunks are up off the ground but are not actually built in trees.  The common areas that include a dining room, a kitchen area, a library and all purpose sort of room and the front desk are geodesic domes.  A home cooked dinner is included with your $25.00 nightly rate and stays are limited to 3 nights unless you make special arrangements.

The Sign Along The Highway That Marks The Turnoff For The Hostel In The Forest

The Sign Along The Highway That Marks The Turnoff For The Hostel In The Forest

Brunswick, Georgia is pretty much in the middle of nowhere as is the Hostel In The Forest.  As you drive north on Highway 95 through Georgia you will see a small sign on the left side of the road for The Hostel In The Forest.  A VERY ROUGH dirt road will wander about a half mile or so through the woods and end at a small parking lot where you will park your car and walk the remaining quarter mile or so past a few tree houses to the main office for the Hostel In The Forest.  Once you get to the main office you will check in there and be given a tour of the Hostel In The Forest and the facilities there.

The Kitchen At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

The Kitchen At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

You’ll see the kitchen, the dining room, the library, the outdoor showers and sawdust composting toilets and you’ll be shown to your tree house.  You’ll be encouraged to pee in the forest to help conserve sawdust for the composting toilets.  While the Hostel In The Forest is an eco-hostel it is not anywhere near as rustic at the Deer Isle Hostel up in Maine.  The Hostel In The Forest has running water for drinking and in the kitchen as well as electricity and propane for the stove in the kitchen.  The Deer Isle Hostel in Maine had solar for electricity, only a hand pump for water and no showers other than a watering can in which you heat water on the stove and then slowly pour it over yourself to take a shower.

Adam Jewell In The "Honeymoon Tree House" At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick Georgia

Adam Jewell In The “Honeymoon Tree House” At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick Georgia

When you get to your tree house bunk you will have to climb up some stairs to get up into it.  In each bunk room you will find a bed or beds, some old furniture, a fair amount of graffiti from others who have stayed before you, electrical outlets and lights and sometimes a fair amount of dirt. The Hostel In The Forest is like camping with a solid roof over your head up in a tree with electricity and a real bed.  The beds are comfortable and the rooms are screened in to keep the bugs away.  There is no heater and no air conditioning anywhere at the Hostel In The Forest in the bunk rooms of the common areas.  If it is hot you will sweat; if it is cold you will need to bring a sleeping bag or some blankets.  Towels and washcloths are provided and soap is available in the bathroom and shower areas.

The Dining Room Area At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick Georgia

The Dining Room Area At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick Georgia

It seems that when most people go to The Hostel In The Forest, they stay on the grounds of the hostel.  It is a great place to get away from everything and just be out in the woods. In addition to the buildings on the property there are a couple lakes with fish in them. A canoe or two is available to take out on one of the lakes.  The lake is small and there is not much room to paddle around on it.  Swimming and sometimes skinny-dipping is a popular activity at the lake.

An Outdoor Bathroom And Bathtub At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

An Outdoor Bathroom And Bathtub At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

The kitchen at the Hostel In The Forest is well stocked with pots, pans, utensils and condiments that may be used while you are there preparing meals.  There is a refrigerator if you need to keep anything cold during your stay.  Every day there is a communal dinner prepared by the staff and volunteers at the Hostel In The Forest.  It is generally an all vegetarian meal and delicious.  Much of the food is grown on the grounds of the Hostel In The Forest.  A half hour before dinner is ready a bell rings.  The same bell rings again when dinner is ready and everyone who wants to eat comes over to the dining room area.  Dinner starts with a circle of gratitude where everyone hold hands, introduces themselves and says what they are thankful for.  After that, it is chow time.

The Only Toilets At The Hostel In The Forest - Sawdust Composting Toilets That Produce Great Soil For The Garden

The Only Toilets At The Hostel In The Forest – Sawdust Composting Toilets That Produce Great Soil For The Garden

Evenings at the Hostel In The Forest are sometimes filled with talent shows, skits and other activities by the campfire.  If you want to participate in those you are free to do so.  If you prefer to hang out in the library, wander the grounds or just relax in your tree house you are free to do that as well.  A tremendous amount of the work to build and maintain the Hostel In The Forest was and is done by volunteers.  If you are so included to volunteer whatever services you have to offer (from carpentry to washing dishes) and assistance is much appreciated and helps keep the Hostel In The Forest going strong.

The Geodesic Dome That Serves As The Library And A Gathering Place At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

The Geodesic Dome That Serves As The Library And A Gathering Place At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

Overall, the Hostel In The Forest is a nice place to get away from it all and relax in the woods for a night or three.  The staff, volunteers and the crowd the type of people who stay there tend to be pretty free thinking and to an extend modern day hippies.  Many of the staff there have been going to and volunteering at The Hostel In The Forest on and off for many years.  While the Hostel In The Forest is not a big party place, alcohol is permitted and there is usually a fair amount of beer consumed in the evenings around the campfire after dinner.

The Honeymoon Treehouse At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

The Honeymoon Treehouse At The Hostel In The Forest In Brunswick, Georgia

When you go to the Hostel In The Forest it is good idea to stock up on whatever you will need before you actually drive into the Hostel In The Forest.  There is a grocery store not too far away (within about 5 miles) but once you get into the Hostel In The Forest and navigate the awful road you may just want to stay there and enjoy your time away from everything for the duration of your stay.  That, and your car will be appreciate fewer trips along the dirt road to get into the Hostel In The Forest.  The Hostel In The Forest is quite a unique and peaceful experience.  When you want to get away from everything or happen to be driving through Brunswick Georgia, make a reservation for a night or three and enjoy nature in your own tree house before returning to the concrete jungle where you probably reside!

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