Amicalola Falls State Park Trails

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

Amicalola Falls State Park Trails

Amicalola Falls State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The park’s name, “Amicalola,” is taken from the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters,” an apt description for the 729-foot falls (highest east of the Mississippi River) created when the waters of Little Amicalola Creek cascade from high above a wooded valley.

The park features miles of trails, scenic views, campgrounds and picnic areas, a mountaintop hotel, and the state’s only hike-in lodge (the Len Foote Hike Inn). Amicalola Falls State Park may be best known as a terminal point for hikers traveling the 2,190-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT), which begins on Springer Mountain north of the park."

More Amicalola Falls State Park Trails Professional Reviews and Guides

"Three relatively short trails, the Spring Trail, Mountain Laurel Loop, and Creek Trail, explore the western slopes of the Amicalola Creek watershed. While these paths are popular, they might not be as crowded as the uber-popular Base of Falls Trail. From the upper parking area, you begin on the Spring Trail, descending moderately to steeply on a ridge covered with hardwoods.

This path intersects the Mountain Laurel Loop, which winds through the twisted trunks of high laurel and drops to the reflection pool where Amicalola Falls is visible to the distant northeast. Backtracking along the Mountain Laurel Loop, you reach the short Creek Trail, which rolls through thick foliage just above Amicalola Creek and ends at the Appalachian Trail parking area. From the parking area, walk back up the Creek Trail to turn west and finish the Mountain Laurel Loop, climbing steeply back to the upper parking area."

Amicalola Falls State Park Trails Reviews

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Payoff is big with effort to see falls and surrounding vistas. Gateway to trailhead for AT. Be prepared to climb and bring your camera. Crowded area with tourists, but once on the trail peaceful, tranquil, refreshing. If planning on driving forest roads (in area) make sure your vehicle has ample clearance to navigate dirt roads with several holes and knobby terrain.
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Trail Information

Dawsonville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
821 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Amicalola Falls State Park, 240 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd., Dawsonville 30354; (706) 265-4703; www.amicalolafallslodge.com
Local Contacts
USGS Nimblewell; park maps also available at the visitor center and from the state parks website.
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Oct 2018