Hilton signs on to planned resort atop Lookout Mountain in Walker County

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The developer of a planned hotel and resort atop Lookout Mountain in Walker County announced on Tuesday that the hotel will be part of the Hilton brand.

Walker County leaders and state lawmakers secured what has been known as the McLemore Resort in May of last year, and held a town hall meeting with Walker County residents about it in June.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield says the project will bring more than 200 jobs to the area.

The hotel is scheduled to open in 2020, and developers say it will offer 180 rooms and 10,000 square feet of conference space, on an 800-acre piece of land.

Developers say the resort will offer dramatic cliffside views across McLemore Cove and Pigeon Mountain, as well as an 18-hole golf course.

The location is also set against the backdrop of McLemore Cove and its more than 20,000 acres of protected wilderness area.

“As Hilton continues to grow its upper upscale portfolio of Curio Collection properties, we could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunity that northwest Georgia and east Tennessee represent for our brand,” said Matt Wehling, senior vice president, development – North America, Hilton. “As the first high-end resort in the area, the distinctive property will offer one-of-a-kind mountaintop experiences for guests and is an ideal addition to the expanding global collection.”

Developers also say the McLemore Resort will also provide visitors with a premier basecamp for exploration throughout Georgia’s Cumberland Plateau. There will be nearby access to hiking, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, caving, kayaking, horseback riding and hang gliding.

“The McLemore Resort is a perfect intersection for business travelers during the week and leisure guests on the weekends. No place in the Southeastern United States is as conveniently located and rich in natural amenities as we are,” said Duane Horton, president of Scenic Land Company and developer of The McLemore Resort. “As a native of northwest Georgia I fully appreciate both the beauty of the area’s natural amenities, as well as the economic benefit this resort will bring to the community. By partnering with Curio Collection by Hilton, it allows us to develop a property authentic to Lookout Mountain while leveraging Hilton’s reservation system and its renowned Hilton Honors guest-loyalty program. Our team loves this place and people deeply and is excited about sharing it with visitors from throughout the region and nation.”

“The McLemore Resort will provide a tangible boost to the local economy through job creation and tourism dollars from out of state visitors,” said Shannon Whitfield, Walker County sole commissioner. “We estimate more than 200 direct employment opportunities will be created, along with hundreds of secondary jobs thanks to this resort. Many of these positions will offer pay above the current per capita income in Walker County. The McLemore Resort represents a tremendous opportunity for economic growth in northwest Georgia.”

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