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Amicalola fall, Dawsonville

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4.7/5 based on 65+ 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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  • You can park at the bottom or head to the top of the falls where the lodge sits. I prefer driving to the top and looking over the edge. Be careful, several people have fallen over the years. Its a lon...  read more »
  • There are several ways to get to these falls. If you aren't sure which way you want to go, stop at the visitor center and they'll highlight a map for you. There is a wooden bridge across the falls, ju...  read more »
  • If you don't fell like hiking, you can drive around to the top of the falls, but my kids love the hike down. We pack a picnic and they have great pavilions near the beginning of the path. We combine t...  read 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.
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