Amicalola Trails is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dawsonville, GA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
One if the best hikes in Georgia, with amazing views at the top and a marvelous waterfall.
I've been to Amicalola Falls State Park twice--once in June and once on a cool day in mid-October. Being a Floridian, I'm partial to cool autumn days, as we don't get many down here.
I recommend having lunch up at the resort/lodge. The views from the buffet-style restaurant are spectacular. There are huge, picture windows that overlook the mountains. The prices are fair and the food is pretty good. There is a small gift shop just across the large lobby. On the way back down to the base of the falls, stop off to see where the water begins its descent downward. Once you get the view from the other end, you'll be amazed that such large, beautiful falls are sourced by such a small amount of water!
At the base of the fall is a very nice visitor center with bathroom facilities. There are snacks and souvenirs inside, along with educational materials and examples of some of the wildlife located in the area.
There is a small reservoir near the bottom of the falls that is outlined with stone and has benches for those who want a peaceful view without making the uphill walk up to the actual falls.
The trail itself is paved and very well maintained. The path winds upward with areas of steeper inclines and areas of flatness. The view going up is almost as pretty as the actual waterfall, making this an extra special location. There is a deck area with plenty of benches about halfway up. This spot offers a very beautiful view of the falls. After this, there are a number of steps up to reveal an unbelievable view of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. In the summer, there tends to be a bit more rain which allows for more water to flow over the falls. That being said, you won't be disappointed if you go in the fall--there is still plenty of water to make for a breathtaking view.
Overall, I'd say this location is absolutely family-friendly and good for all hiking experience levels. You'll see plenty of other folks--young and old--on this trail, but despite the crowd, this is a can't-miss spot!
Great hike especially in the fall.