Explore Over 1 hour away - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Over 1 hour away Map

Nice hike with limited views. Road in kinda sucked.

This was a very cool spot to visit. There is 175 wooden steps to the top of the falls which are the biggest in the state of Georgia. There will be plenty of people enjoying the falls so if you want to be away from people this isn't the spot. You won't forget some of the views and sights and is a must if you're visiting the state of Georgia.

Nice state park. 5$ entry. Very Family friendly and easy to access, hence it's pretty popular. Don't let that stop you from going. Good views. Caught a ranger giving a talk about Owls at the lodge. 15$ buffet, to stuff yourself after hiking. Great view from lodge.

Great hike with great views. Trail was a little hard to see in places but well worth it!

17 days ago

Went to ATKO today. Took the stairs to the top of the falls, which I highly recommend. It’s tough but take your time and it’s not THAT bad. Well work the views. Visit the lodge while you’re up there. Took the East Ridge trail back to the visitors center. Great weather today!!

Such a great area, everything you would need for all ages. Because of this it is extremely busy, I recommend getting there as early as you can to avoid the crowds and kids. $5 parking with lots of available spots. Great for a quick workout or a full day of hiking and picnicking. My personal favorite, if you've already experienced the waterfall before, is taking the East Ridge Trail up the mountain and taking the stairs back down. Definitely broke a sweat and was ready for a break when I got to the top.

21 days ago

Beautiful views and massive waterfall

The trail hasn't been taken care of from what I could see. Used the recorded trail map given and it was difficult to follow due to no cell service (you have to buy pro to use offline). Got lost a few times due to the lack of upkeep (fallen trees) on the trail and there were multiple pathways from the main trail. There is also a Ranger area that was restricted near the trail. Also, if you're okay with your shoes getting wet or taking off your shoes, you cross the river on this hike. Didn't get to complete the entire trail due to the sun setting and it raining on us halfway. Aside from that, it was beautiful and would definitely go back to clear up the trail and try again.

Beautiful falls. Lots of stairs that can be wet. Close to parking which makes it nice but also means many people.

Trail: Preserve (yellow blazes)
Dist: 1.0 mi
Duration: well-paced 40 minutes
Condition: Good
Views: only after leaf drop, Grandview Lake, SharpTop Mtn.
Date of visit: 2/24
traffic: light
Location: visibly marked, easy to get to, Ga Hwy 136
PARKING: Flat gravel lot for 10-12 vehicles
Wildlife: A few birds here and there. Inactive this particular morning.

We took our boys—8&6–and it was the perfect distance and duration for the whole family. The trail starts out relatively flat with little gain, but begins to lose elevation quickly when it forks off from the Champion Creek Trail. The elevation lost is regained quickly at the convergence of the Champion Creek Trail near the end.
The view of Grandview Lake is only visible when there are no leaves. A little past the halfway point, a small mountain spring provides a cool rest point and place for kids to splash in a few holding pools.
After the hike, the Burnt Mtn Overlook is about a mile down the road for impressive views, as is Eagles Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe with several viewing decks and trails.

Beautiful views and waterfall. It’s easier if you hike to the top and come down the stairs but it’s more difficult to enjoy the waterfall that way. Your backs to it most of the time. Well worth the trip!

This trail is very nice and the falls are breathtaking. I recommend starting at the bottom of the falls and ending at the top. Some of the views from the top are great. This trail is awesome and I recommend it for all ages and this trail is defiantly for beginners. Plan to stay for around one or two hours. This trail is great and I would definitely go back.

I hike a lot and consider myself in decent shape for 50, but the climb out on the Champions trail is difficult. The walk down on the way in is moderate to difficult, it's a steep drop over a slippery trail. Once at the bottom, the waterfall is nice. I would not recommend this for beginners or someone who is not in good physical condition. This is wilderness, there is no way out except to climb the hill, and any kind of a rescue would be hard due to the heavy tree cover.

1 month ago

Enjoyed the falls, easily accessible via the boardwalk trail. Did the whole loop / Interpretive Trail—Lower elevation wandered through lush rhododendrons, ferns and other evergreens. The trail does go through a lot of clear cut area but there are some mountain views before descending back to the river. I mapped 3.5 miles from parking area and back.
*Follow the paved trail, under the bridge, continue along the boardwalk until the end. The falls are just beyond.

2 months ago

My 3 year old and I had a great time on the falls trail! He made it down ALL of the steps with no problems, then he zoomed his way back up, almost faster than I could! This definitely isn’t his first trail experience, however I really don’t think this one would be too difficult for most physically active kids. All the way down to the bottom and then back up took all of an hour and a half. It was beautiful and we had a great time!!

Awesome trail, even in winter with temps below freezing! Beautiful views! Falls are THE BEST!

Loved it! Lots of beautiful waterscapes and small hills. My dog and I loved it

Showed up to hike this trail & it was closed for the season to accommodate hunters.

2 months ago

The stairs are a great workout. You can either start at the bottom and do the full 500+ stairs, or start near the middle, and do the upper 300-ish stairs. This is a nice loop for a casual day-hike. The lodge is an easy jaunt off a side-trail if you want to catch a fancy lunch.

We had a wonderful time! The drive to the trail head was adventurous...lots of potholes! We had a nine year old and an eighty two year old in our group so it took one hour and forty minutes up and a little over an hour down, we did not do the summit. Up we followed the white rectangle ( Appalachian Trail ) and on the way back followed the white diamond of the Benton Mackaye Trail. Only saw a few fellow hikers, it’s December after all!

great lessons in history here. nice and easy hike.

Great hike. The stairs are a bit of a challenge. Luckily there are rest places throughout the climb. Great view from top of Falls. Taking the East Ridge Trail back down had wonderful views at the beginning. Real rocky at top but smooths out after fallen tree.

easy walk. met a couple of cute dogs. beautiful day. there is a tree down over part of trail, but can make it around

4 months ago

Eh... not much to talk about...
It was okay.

Beautiful hike dog friendly would recommend it

Went on the longest trail, was a 2 mile hike. One down and one up. You decline close to 800ft elevation and have to walk right back up. I am overweight and not the best hiker, we go sometimes, but this trail was strenuous to me. I made it though. Would do it again. Recommend you have lots of water. There is fresh water at the bottom of you don’t mind creek water. Lots of rocks and trunks and roots. We loved it. I am sore though haha.

5 months ago


Its a great trail to explore. The lake is very beautiful! I love it here.

on Amicacola Falls Trail

5 months ago

awesome place just hike 5 miles of trails beautiful waterfall

Load More