Amicalola Falls State Park, Appalachian Approach Trail

Ellijay, Georgia

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Amicalola, a Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” perfectly describes Amicalola Falls. Formed by Little Amicalola Creek plunging 729 feet in several cascades, it is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and serves as the centerpiece of an 829-acre park. The state park has seven short hiking trails totaling 4.5 miles and serves as the trailhead for two much longer hikes that leave the property and cross onto Chattahoochee National Forest lands. The featured hike is a long trek on the Appalachian Approach Trail.
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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

Amicalola, a Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” perfectly describes Amicalola Falls. Formed by Little Amicalola Creek plunging 729 feet in several cascades, it is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and serves as the centerpiece of an 829-acre park.

The state park has seven short hiking trails totaling 4.5 miles and serves as the trailhead for two much longer hikes that leave the property and cross onto Chattahoochee National Forest lands. The featured hike is a long trek on the Appalachian Approach Trail.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellijay
Distance: 8.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 240 Amicalola Falls Park Rd., Dawsonville 30534; (706) 265-4703; www.gastate parks.org; www.georgia-atclub.org
Local Maps: USGS Amicalola and Nimblewill; detailed trail map available at visitor center; USDA Forest Service map of Chattahoochee National Forest and Georgia section of Appalachian Trail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Amicalola Falls State Park, Appalachian Approach Trail

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