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

Beautiful falls. Wonderful hike.

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
20 days 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
26 days 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
28 days ago

The beginning of a long journey.