Appalachian Trail to Amicalola Falls State Park

EASY 48 reviews

Appalachian Trail to Amicalola Falls State Park is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dawsonville, GA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.0 miles 1970 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

The first mile of trail on the AT in Georgia.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Only made it 5 miles this time , not bad for beginners

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Spent 4 days hiking this trail. The scenery was beautiful!

backpacking
6 months ago

great backpacking trail with quite a few stealth campsites available between the park and frosty Mountain. I would suggest carrying as little water as possible until you get to the top of the falls. About a quarter mile past the Falls, there is a fast-moving stream for you to filter water from. This will keep you from having to lug 5 pounds of water up the stairs. There are no reliable water sources between this point and the black Gap shelter, so be sure you have enough water for about 6 miles. there is a good chance you will spot some black bears during your hike. they are quite skittish, so just don't make eye contact and keep walking past them if it's safe to do so. I saw two Cubs and the mama bear on my hike. As soon as they saw me, the Cubs took off away from me and Mama shortly followed them. if you're planning on spending the night, I would suggest the black Gap shelter area. It's not as crowded as the shelter at Springer. On the way back comma take the hike Inn Trail just past number will get to your left. You can stop in there, rest, and have some hiker snacks for a small donation. You can continue on the hiking trail back to the falls.

7 months ago

It's hard but fun. I took a trail up instead of the steps because I have a dog.

7 months ago

There are no bonus points for including this into your AT itinerary however, it will test you as the journey begins. The stairs will offer great insight into the rest of the hike.

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Hey, It's the AT. Get over the crowds. Go in the winter, because you are in GA and can do that. The views are the best and no bugs. Just watch the ice.

I give very few 5 stars but this trail is the King. All of it Do all you can

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hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great Hike. Views are great in the fall and winter. Only one real lengthy climb...returning back to the falls going up from Nimblewill Gap.

1 year ago

1 year ago

1 year ago

Have hiked this trail many times, get for the whole family. The stars can be daunting but views are worth the work.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

An absolutely beautiful hike and is very challenging. The stairs on the falls will make even an experienced hiker gasp for breath and then the route to Springer has some elevation changes however it is real hiking and North Georgia is beautiful. I've always wanted to do the full AT through hike and this would be the first "unofficial" section. If you live in Georgia, this really is one of the must hike trails to have on your list along with other sections of the AT here.

hiking
1 year ago

Went with my best friend after a 'snow storm'. BEAUTIFUL! I wouldn't recommend taking dogs up/down stairs at Amicalola- my dog toughed it out with a cut on her paw. Can be challenging especially with snow. One of my favorite trails.

hiking
1 year ago

Started at springer mtn hiked in 7mi and back out. It was awesome! Hope to go back soon....