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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. Make Amicalola Falls State Park a part of your Dawsonville vacation plans using our Dawsonville tour planner.
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The hike was not too difficult up the steps to the two viewing platforms. We drove up to the top and didn’t brave the last 400+ steps. The trails weren’t too difficult or dangerous for my 4 year old..... more
The hike was not too difficult up the steps to the two viewing platforms. We drove up to the top and didn’t brave the last 400+ steps. The trails weren’t too difficult or dangerous for my 4 year old..... more »
What a perfect day! The rain was only in the AM and had passed by the time we got there. The pathway was slick but doable. We loved every bit of the short hike. We did NOT go to the very top but...
What a perfect day! The rain was only in the AM and had passed by the time we got there. The pathway was slick but doable. We loved every bit of the short hike. We did NOT go to the very top but... more »
I loved this place. Stairs are strenuous but just stop and take breaks. Its so worth it. I would come here again for sure. Park staff were super friendly and its a clean park. Highly recommended.
I loved this place. Stairs are strenuous but just stop and take breaks. Its so worth it. I would come here again for sure. Park staff were super friendly and its a clean park. Highly recommended. more »
Make it the top you will not regret it! I PROMISE!! This was an incredible trip and one to remember. Now I will not lie it is a grueling climb to the top but very scenic and plenty of sitting areas as you climb. The fresh air and views are so memorable and a huge delight to experience. I never got to see any but there are a ton of bear signs so be safe and on the look out. I went with my wife and she motivated me to get to the top and the pictures are amazing!!
The most beautiful waterfall in Georgia. I loved the park, it is set up very well the views are amazing. This park has cabins and a hotel at the top. The walk to the falls from the bottom is rough for some but you can drive to the top and see them very easy. The view from the top is amazing. Keep in mind some of the trails are very difficult to hike but the top of the falls is very friendly to those who have disabilities it is an easy flat short walk from the parking lot to the falls and it is wheelchair accessible.
We have stayed here three times in the past year. The restaurant has good food but the selection is small. The views in the restaurant are great - especially during sunset. There is no room service. Everyone is always friendly. We love to use the Lodge as a nice get-a-way. We will definitely be back.
The falls were pretty, but if you have a friend or family member in a wheelchair, read on to decide if it's worth the drive. There is an ADA trail to allow wheelchair access to view the waterfall, which is nice. Unfortunately, the trail is less than .25 miles, so you make the drive but aren't able to enjoy that much time on the nature trail. It would be great if there were more trails that could be accessed. We were going to try carrying our son and his wheelchair onto another trail, but there are a lot of wooden staircases.
Great experience all the way!. The park is very well maintained. The trail to the fall was terrific. 475 stairs will take you to the top of the fall. Good exercise if you can do it. There is an alternative way where you can drive up to the top. Either way, you will enjoy the exquisite views.
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