It's easy to see why this is one of Georgias most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning tumbling waters, is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famed 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys. A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is popular with guests who prefer traditional hotel comforts, while the cottages and campgrounds are more rustic. The park's Maple Restaurant is known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. For hikers who enjoy more adventure, a 5-mile trail leads to the backcountry Len Foote Hike Inn. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see an Appalachian Trail display, nature exhibits, live animals and a gift shop. Please note that Amicalola Falls is exceptionally busy during peak leaf season. Guests may prefer to visit during the week or carpool on weekends. Advanced reservations for accommodations are highly recommended
Good views. Nice hotel at the top provides a nice place to rest and re-energize. The hiking trail was mostly paved on the way up, with some challenge provided by the 500+ step stairs up the waterfall. There's a fun fitness trail by the lodge. I recommend taking the east side trail on the way down.
Kim L. on Amicacola Falls Trail
Gorgeous falls! Just a vision of natural beauty! I started the trail from the Visitor's Center. It was actually rather difficult, steep although it is paved. There was an elderly gentleman that trekked up with his family and was really struggling 3/4 of the way to the top. We offered our help and water but he refused. On our way back down, a couple of unrelated gentlemen and his son (I presume) was practically carrying him down. I felt terrible for him. Maybe not a trail for the elderly in the July heat.
When you get to the end of the actual trail there is a lower observation deck. Very nice view from here. There is also a high observation deck in which you must climb maybe 175 steps or so, I believe, to get to it. I was 1 week away from major surgery for a serious health condition, so I had to pass on that one, unfortunately. The steps are crowded, grated and people are not very observant of their children sometimes, which makes me crazy.
Overall, beautiful woodland scenery, educational signage, glimpses of wildlife at times (spring lizards) - just a very pleasant nature experience!
Overweight with sore knees but up for challenge. Started at welcome center and hiked to top and then retraced steps back. Trail is well marked and man-made steps used for easier climb. From bottom of waterfall to top has 425 metal steps with several resting benches. Most of trail shaded. No drinking fountains found but welcome center sells drinks and snacks. Came during week. Trails not crowded. Took me about 2 hours. Well worth it!
I intended to hike the Appalachian Trail from Amicacola. I didn't even know there were falls around until a lady at the park store told me. Wish she would have said which direction to go up. I took the east side, which is how everyone goes down. I saw the top of the falls first and had to go down the stairs to see the falls. Then back up the stairs to get to the Appalachian trail. Missed signs for the trailhead so lost some daylight and didn't get but a few miles before I had to head back.
The falls were pretty. Not a hard hike. I'd like to go again for other trail and will certainly pass the falls on my way out.