Josh and Leigh Saint have expanded their Hiker Hostel operation in Dahlonega, Ga., by opening up container cabins. Appalachian Trail states that the couple opened the business in 2004 after successfully completing the Trail hike. The Saints, according to Hiker Hostel, wanted to expand the number of cabins their business could offer and decided to go with shipping containers.
The containers were purchased "locally," and in an attempt to keep them as eco-friendly as possible, the Saints used as many recycled materials as possible. Mr. Saint points out that this meant a lot of traveling to collect the necessary pieces, but the end product appears to have been worth the effort.
Hiker Hostel states that the container is 160 square feet (15 square meters). The wood for the walls is made from pallets, and the metal ceiling is from a decommissioned military base.
The metal walls are from the same military base, and the ceiling and walls in this cabin are made from a "Heart Pine beam." The Saints sanded and sealed the original wood floor of the container for an amazing finish.
The beds in both cabins are built from the same Heart Pine beam that the walls and ceiling came from.
For those who decide to explore the over 2,190 miles (3,524 km) of Appalachian Trail, spending a night in a hostel might be a great option. With inviting accommodations like those shown here, you may choose to give up a night under the stars for a night in a shipping container.