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. Make Amicalola Falls State Park a part of your Dawsonville vacation plans using our Dawsonville tour planner .
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  • I am so blessed to live about 15 miles from here. This is a great place to hike. But come early as it gets over run by Atlanta and Florida people in the summer and fall.  more »
  • Amazing hiking trails and stunning waterfalls! The climb down isn’t too bad but going back up all 425 steps can be a challenge, but so worth it! This is a beautiful park and a great family outing.  more »
  • 1. This is totally doable for family with kids over 7. 2. First mile of the Appalachian trail 3. Lot of picnic tables 4. 1.30 hrs from Atlanta 5. views are best during Falls when you can also see fall...  more »
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  • At the time of this posting it is $5 per vehicle to enter the park. I do not like paying to enter public land. Now that we have that over with....... This is an amazing place! A family can easily spend the whole day here wandering the trials and climbing stairs. The falls themselves are beautiful and I would love to go back when the flow is at its largest volume. Be prepared to pace yourself it is very easy to wear yourself out early it is best to take your time. There is also a large fancy lodge at the top of the mountain to the East of the falls. It looks like luxury accomodations. There are cabins at the base of the falls next to this small river it drains into. Many hikers start their Appalachian trail hike just behind the welcome center. A truly lovely place and a prime example of God's handy work.
  • Beautiful hike! Doable for toddlers too!!! 1.2mi loop hike that begins on a boardwalk followed by stairs with views of the creek and waterfall almost all of the way up then a casual trail back down. You do have the option of retracing your steps and taking the stairs and boardwalk back. My friend and I did this hike backwards in the pouring rain and it was no big deal, but I'm a hiker. Not too many rocks or roots on the trail part. A must for locals and visitors!!! $5 parking fee (National Park Passes not accepted).
  • So many stairs!!! Not for the faint of heart but I’m certainly not in tip top shape and I made it all the way up in a reasonable amount of time. There are several stopping points along the way. I also wouldn’t recommend for anyone afraid of heights unless you are just going to park at the top and not do the climb. The waterfall is nice and food views. From the top you get a different nice view downwards. Lots of people here on a nice day and everyone wants to take a picture at the top. I did notice everyone being polite and taking turns while I was there. There is a restroom off to the right at the top and maybe a concessions stand that is open at other times of the year (not when I went). We decided not to go back down the stairs to leave and instead took the trail beside the restrooms back down for a nice gradual hike back down. There is also a part at the top that connects to the Appalachian trail if you want to start that long journey here! And there is a hotel of some sort as well there.
  • Yes, there is a $5 fee to enter, but the park is worth the cost. For Appalachian Trail fans, this is a must-go destination to experience the beginning of so many a thru-hiker’s journey. The hike up the falls is tough but rewarding. Be sure to walk around at the top and check out the lodge. We had a beer on the veranda overlooking the mountains as a nice reward to the climb.
  • I have been to Amicalola falls on several occasions. I have been up the walking trails along the water falls. I have stayed at the Hotel, I have had, many meals at the Hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The views from the top of the falls is breath taking, as the view of the falls is also a site to see. Great for weekend getaways, with the family and friends. Also a great camping adventure, with cabins to stay in. But caution watch out for the bears, unless it is winter time. Don't forget to try the zip lines, through out the mountains.

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