The resupply was easy and affordable when I went through. I stayed at TOG, but my friends stayed in town and said it was decent. I never had a problem getting to or from the trail personally.
We ended our section here, so we didn't resupply. We stayed at the Holiday Inn that was AMAZING, but priced so. Hitching was not super easy, but we still got a ride pretty fast to the town, not sure about back to trail. Things in this town are pretty spread apart so there is a lot of in town walking. There is a brewery that just opened up but it is obviously at the beginnings, so it is pretty small and normal so far. Hard to get alcohol in general. There is an all you can eat buffet but it's underwhelming.
Hitching isnt terribly easy here, but there are shuttles in the area you can call. The budget inn is your best bet for a cheap stay since TOG closed... But even when they were open their reputation was less than hiker friendly. Holiday Inn is a good option if you have a higher budget. It's nice to have a full grocery store to resupply. Go ahead and get an Ingles card if you don't have one already... You'll save $$ as you encounter more of these up the trail.
Everyone in the town was very friendly and very helpful.
good first resupply with a real store and Dg
It took awhile to get a hitch to Hiawassee, but there are shuttles available if you're willing to pay. There aren't a whole lot of cheap hiker lodging options outside of the Budget Inn and the grocery store is a bit expensive, but you can definitely find everything you need. Overall Hiawassee will serve you well for a resupply, shower, and laundry.
Budget Inn was a little suspect but there are several other options for lodging. We weren't in town very long so didn't get to check out much. There are plenty of restaurants and resupply options. Shuttle drivers abound for getting to and from trail.
Great town everything walking distance