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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

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

hiking
17 days 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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

The walk up the steps is challenging, but worth the climb. We went with our two dogs and had a blast. Take the time to see the lodge and the view at the top. We took the trail back down. It was crowded, but beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely plan on leaving before sunrise if you plan on going to Springer and back in one day. It took me and a buddy 12 hours round trip. The views on the Approach trail aren’t the best. No real outcroppings or overlooks to stop at till you hit the southern terminus. However, if you take the lime green blazed Hike Inn Trail you’ll find a couple clearings with unobstructed views of the mountains in the distance. We ended taking this path on the way out and I recommend you take this way up if you want a more enjoyable accent.
Oh, and make sure you bring a water filter if you drink LOTS of water like me. I carry a 3L camelbak and I ran out shortly after reaching Springer Mountain. There’s a couple of watering holes on the way or if you can wait you can fill up at the Hike Inn.

hiking
3 months ago

ok

3 months ago

awesome place just hike 5 miles of trails beautiful waterfall

the views are well worth the knee pain!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful falls. Wonderful hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

My wife and I chose this as a gear shakedown hike prior to our 2018 Flip-Flop. Springer is a beautiful place to spend the night. No bears, heard they moved on last week. Coming back day 2 we really disliked the over 400 metal stairs at the falls, even more than going up them (lol).

This was a gorgeous waterfall and great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Always pretty crowded, but it is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. Paved easy trail going up, a lot of stairs, worth the view!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked up the trail/stairs to the top of the falls with my almost 9-year-old. We brought lunch and relaxed on a bench at the top. The staff at the visitor center was very helpful to show us which way to go. There are landing areas with benches to rest as you go up the steps. This saved the day, because my son (OK, me too) needed a few breaks on the way up. We came down the east side trail, where there were a few nice mountain views.

backpacking
4 months ago

The beginning of a long journey.

This was a great fitness rep ahead of my A.T. section hike. It had been 12 years since my previous hike and it tested me well. I stayed on Amicalola Mountain (mile 4.4) the first night and completed it the following day. A great test for the noob or the experienced.

This is a great trail - I would rate it as hard, mostly due to the distance and multiple ups and downs. Great workout. I camped at the amecolia campgrounds and hiked this out and back two days in a row - was a bit too sore / tired to try for a third day.

Did it with a big group and it was a fun hike. Definitely need a day to do that and also recommend a good meal to treat yourself afterwards. The trail itself us a lot of small ups and downs. Most of the trail is in shade which makes it quite comfortable in the summer. The stairs at the beginning is probably the most intense part, and one in my group got a bit light headed when she was up - low blood sugar.

incredible falls. lots of steps!

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