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Amicalola fall, Dawsonville

(4.7/5 based on 75 reviews on the web)
Amicalola Falls State Park is an 829 acre Georgia state park located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. The park's name is derived from a Cherokee language word meaning "tumbling waters". The park is home to Amicalola Falls, a 729-foot waterfall, making it the highest in Georgia. It is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. An eight-mile trail that winds past Amicalola Falls and leads to Springer Mountain, famous for being the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, begins in the park. Amicalola Falls State Park also offers many hiking trails, a guest lodge, restaurant, cabins, a shelter for long distance Appalachian Trail hikers, a campground and access to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn.HistoryLittle is known about the falls before the 19th century. The Cherokee tribe controlled the area of the state park until 1832, when the Treaty of New Echota forced the Cherokee to leave and go further west into the Ozarks. This mass removal would later be known as the Trail of Tears. The first written account of the falls was penned by a local citizen by the name of William Williamson, who was exploring the area looking for land that he would take during the Sixth Georgia Land Lottery. Williamson wrote:
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  • I could not walk all the way up to the falls because I had a chest cold issue. But feeding the trout at the bottom and then investigating the blind trail for blind children/people was a lot of fun and...  more »
  • Very nice and big waterfall. There are 3 different places from which you can look at the waterfall. Definitelly worth visiting while in Atlanta.  more »
  • Beautiful park, well maintained state park. Helpful visitors center, cabins, campsites. The campsites are rather closed together and not very shaded. Nice lodge on property.  more »
  • The Falls / Cascades are amazing!! There are several ways to get to the Lower Observation Deck. (the best area to view the Falls) Ask at the visitor center for the hike or walk best suited for you. The hike from the Visitor Center to the lower observation deck was full of smaller cascades which steadily increased in size as the trail increased in steepness. By the time you reach the lower observation deck, the water falling from above is almost vertical. The falling water causes a cool breeze and a thundering sound which you hear and feel. The lower observation deck can also be reached using a .3 mile trail that even a wheelchair can navigate. I felt the hike or climb up the stairs to the upper observation platform was not worth the view or the effort. It was a workout! I would have rather drove around to see the limited view from there.