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Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville

(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Simple stay...for cabin getaway! Breakfast is typical buffet charge, but if you're gluten free , ask for separate scrabbled eggs. Beds are okay.. I suggest 2" mattress toppers or higher quality mattre...  more »
  • I've been visiting Amicalola Falls since I was in my early teens. It's a beautiful place. The Falls are so pretty and the walk up is doable for just about anyone if you take it slow. In recent years t...  more »
  • It's as touristy as a "hike" can be. There is a path to get to the top of the falls. The first part is steep paved trail, then 1/3 the way up it switches over to wood/grated stairs. It's truly beautif...  more »
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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.