On the cusp of the North Georgia Mountains, sits Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge. A nature lover’s wonderland, it’s only 8 miles from the Appalachian Trail and within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The park is named after its most treasured feature, Amicalola Falls – a magnificent 729-foot waterfall.
Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for the falls, the third-highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. While Amicalola Falls is the most notable feature of the park, there are many other reasons visitors have been flocking to this site since it was established as a state park in 1940.
Many beautiful and diverse hiking and walking trails wind through the park and activities are abundant at the Amicalola Falls Visitors Center. One of the most popular trails, the eight-mile Approach Trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the 2,193-mile Appalachian Trail.
Address: 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
GPS: 34.561760, -84.246880