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Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville

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The 335 hectare (829 acre) Amicalola Falls State Park means "tumbling water" in Cherokee and aptly describes this park that includes Georgia's highest waterfall--222 m (729 ft) in height. The park also serves as one of the starting points of the 3,500 km (2,175 mi) Appalachian Trail. Stop by the visitor center first to orient yourself, collect maps, and view an Appalachian Trail display. Choose from among four groups of trails, one of which leads up to the top of the waterfall, for treks amidst the mountainous terrain. The park hosts hiking trails, campsites, picnic shelters, lodging, and dining facilities. On site you'll find 25 campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs, and there's a playground for kids. Put Amicalola Falls State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dawsonville travel itinerary maker.
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  • If you want to get away for the day or a few days, Amicalola Falls State Park is a great place to visit. At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain you will be surrounded by Mother Nature at her fin...  more »
  • We decided to bring our 9 year old son hiking for the first time and to enjoy a weekend of nature. We lucked out with great weather in the 50's; perfect for hiking. We are not athletes by any means of...  more »
  • The waterfall is beautiful and is the tallest in the state. Be prepared to climb a ton of stairs if you want to get to the top. Great way to get in your daily exercise! 
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  • This is a great park. This park is the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. There is of course the large waterfall here but there is also several trails to cater to all levels of hikers, from. Wheelchair accessible rubber trails to great access to multi-day hikes. They are also pet friendly so I take my dog there and we both have a blast.
  • A really really cool place. Absolutely beautiful. Helpful hint, take walking shoes because there are about six hundred steps to get to the top. However, if you don't want to walk you can drive up to the top and walk down just a little bit to see the falls. I saw one snake. He saw us and turned back into the bushes. Possibly one of the best experiences I've ever had with a snake. LOL!
  • Beautiful falls. Beautiful hiking. We love visiting this park. We stayed at the Len Foote Hike Inn. What a great time. 5 mile hike to get there where you meet wonderful people and have excellent food and views. We will stay here again. Love it.
  • The falls are gorgeous! The stairs to the top (there are many) are nice and situated in a way that gives you a few different great views on your way up. If you aren't looking for a calf workout you can also drive to the top. Also if you're feeling adventurous, this is the start (or end I guess) of the Appalachian Trail. If you're not on the road to Maine but you want to still want to participate, you can hike the Approach Trail which leads from Amicalola to the top of Mount Springer, a mere ~20 miles (there and back). You will hate hills when you are through but it's a really great hike.
  • Such a majestic hike. Partly paved trails, with steps going up steep places. Trail guides are so friendly & knowledgeable. You have a number of different trails to take. Or, you can drive all the way up to the falls and the restaurant / lodge.