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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  • One of the best GA state parks for a work out. The walk and climb up nearly 800 steps is one of my most favorite climbs. And then once you reach the top the beauty of the falls from such a height is something enjoyable as you can watch the water flow down vertically. And then the hike back down to the base ranger office with it’s exquisite beauty and views of the Appalachian and other mountains in the vicinity is something I cannot describe, and only has to be experienced. I’ve probably visited this state park more than all the other Georgia State Parks combined. And let me not forget,the Ranger staff are always, always helpful and extremely friendly.
  • Decided to meet my childhood best friend at this park during my blue ridge trip. Turned out to be one of the best state parks I’ve ever been to. The water fall was magnificent. The facilities were outstanding when comparing them to other state facilities. We managed to make it up to the top lodging area which was also awesome. Unfortunately we couldn’t zip line because they were booked but the alternative was the buffet inside the lodge which was delicious. It really was. What a great place to visit. A must if anywhere nearby.
  • Best time to visit during autumn generally mid October to early November. Splendid scenic beauty and and there are several places to take amazing pictures. Entire area is covered with colorful leaves during autumn and trail is also quite good and well maintained. Can find restroom at top. Bring your own food and water as there are only few shops that too at the end of trail at top.
  • Beautiful park. Great walking. Has a nice little fishing pond at the bottom of the falls. And it had some really neat tadpoles. Amazing views. Added some pictures to see of the tadpoles. We visited Bear Ridge Lodge and went here on our family trip. We all had a great time.
  • What a great place! So many memories at Amicalola Falls. Just recently took my wife there for our anniversary weekend. Wow...they trully define what customer service should be. From how well the place is ran from the management, how impeccably clean everything is, the staff and how they are always willing to go way out of there way to insure you have a great experience and treat you like family. I highly recommend anyone to go visit. Thanks so much to everyone at the lodge for making a great and much needed get away with my wife. Thanks guys!

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