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Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road

Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.  At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.
A mountain-top lodge is popular with guests who prefer hotel comforts, while cottages and a campground offer more rustic accommodations.  The park's Maple Restaurant is known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. For those seeking adventure, a five-mile hike leads to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge. 


Matthew Haywood

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
We hiked some trails together as a family. We sheltered under the tree canopy during an afternoon rain storm. We saw the birds of prey show at the hotel (every Saturday and I think Sunday at the hotel to verify my facts). A great place to take your family or yourself for a day enjoying what God created and we get to enjoy. I hadn't been up here since the zip lines were added. Once our children are old enough we'll give that a go. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch and grab a shaded spot with a view!

Kristin Webb

Monday, June 11, 2018
Absolutely beautiful! This was the first waterfall we have ever seen and it was a great way to start. We climbed the 400-something steps to the top and it was worth it! Completely breathtaking! Definitely recommend this water fall and park. The staff inside the visitor center were super friendly and helpful as well.

Terry Allen

Sunday, July 1, 2018
As a Dawson County native Amicalola Falls has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I've been here on loads of Boy Scout trips in my youth and as an adult we celebrate my grandmother's birthday here each year. It's really pretty amazing at how popular it has become! On weekends it can even be difficult to find a parking place.

David Jordan

Saturday, May 12, 2018
I try to visit this park at least once or twice a month, and I’ve never been disappointed with the experience. The falls are always amazing, and the hike up the stairs and then back down the east ridge trail is one of my favorite one-hour exercises. The lodge at the top of the park is fantastic, and the new zip-line attraction is expensive but extremely enjoyable. It’s such a nice place to go, especially early on a weekday morning before the tour buses and school groups arrive.

Doug Hall

Sunday, May 27, 2018
This park is extremely well kept and has a bunch of trails of various length. It's a great place for day hikes or, of course, to start (or end) your AT hike to Maine. The welcome center also displays different types of snakes so you can identify which ones are dangerous and which are not. One of the best state parks I've been to.

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