Looking for a great trail in Amicalola Falls State Park , Georgia? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Amicalola Falls State Park ranging from 16.1 to 34.6 miles and from 1,794 to 3,772 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!





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

Complete this trail several times. There was a little bit of snow and ice this time but still doable. Falls were gorgeous as usual!

Good hiking trail highly traveled, good place to meet Thru Hikers, but I’ve only done down hill

14 days ago

Good hike up the east side to the falls overlook starting at the visitor's center. Only saw one other person on the way up. Saw many more people near the top and going down the stairs (but hey, you get to go down the stairs and not up). Really pretty on way down looking back at falls there are many viewpoints. Combined with Creek Trail to extend and ended up in the parking lot with my car.

A rainy day hike on the Falls is all one needs to recharge the soul

Crossed Frosty mountain on the way to Three Forks from Amicolola. Nice hike today with very few people out.

1 month ago

Hiked the AT approach trail today with my brother. The weather was perfect, overcast skies, cool enough for a jacket. E we hiked from the arch to Three Forks making it an almost 13 mile day. Very few people out today.

Actually went up the steps and came down the east rim trail...nice loop on a beautiful day

Only had time for 3 miles of the trail before dark. Able to catch a beautiful sunset at the top of the falls

absoutely stunning trails here. went back in may i cant get over the stunning breathtaking views of the waterfall and anture. bugs and mosquitos were quite busy

Enjoyed the trail. It was rocky on the way up but relatively simple coming down via the Stairs. There were groups and hikers of all ages from toddlers to 65+. The falls were beautiful.

Did this out and back from the top of the falls yesterday. Easy to follow. Some parts are steep but not for very long. Took about 8 1/2 hours for the round trip journey. Not very scenic this time of year.

Started at Springer Mountain and ended at The Lodge at Amicalola. Beautiful hike, trail was pretty easy to follow but blue blazes were a bit sparse for novice hikers like us. On Thanksgiving, the trees were mostly bare, so great mountain views.

From visitor center to top of falls

Very nice hike. Did it as an overnight trip with a friend who had never backpacked before, and she did great. Definitely some tough sections but there are always nice breaks to allow you to catch your breath between them. We didn't get on the trail until about 330, so we ran out of daylight and camped around mile 6. There was a stream about 2 miles in, not long after finishing the stairs, that was great for filtering. But then there is no water access until mile 7 - so prepare accordingly!

Awesome hike through the woods. Lots of rocks at the end.

First solo backpacking hike-it was tough! Rain made me stop earlier than I would have liked on my first day so day 2 was tough. Seeing that first white blaze up top on springer made the entire hike worth it. Still trying to figure out how it was possible to feel like I hiked uphill both ways. Haha. Highly recommend.

Magificant day for hiking. Starting @ 8am, 36F with a 15mi headwind, the medium hills and dales throughout the first 4 miles were a perfect challenge. But then came Springer! Get ready to make a constant push to the top with a lung-testing climb. Loved it. Trail was in great shape thanks to the ATC Vol.

3 months ago

awesome hike. the waterfall was great. very tough.

3 months ago

Easy to moderate loop trail (approaching from trail base at the parking lot) suggested up East Ridge behind the visitor’s center up to the falls and descending stairs on the West Ridge back to the center. A few good over looks near the top. Good canopy for shade. Well marked and maintained trails. Loop is about 3 mi. at a 1.8 mph to be completed 1.5 hrs. Should allow for 2 hrs. at least to complete with breaks and pictures. Easily a half day excursion if you take your time!

Went from the falls to Frost Mountain. Comes out to right at 5 miles or so. It’s a fun hike but it lacks scenery on this stretch. Hope to come back and finish the whole approach someday

This one was tough.. seemed like a relentless amount of climbs. Actually I think 7. The last one to springer was my worst. Attempted out and back same day - failed. Camped at one of the many decent sites. Temps fell below 30. So plan ahead, leave early enough for your pace to get back same day. Met several SOBO thru hikers. Great to talk to. I wasn’t quite prepared for this hike, but it’s good one. Had just rained - so water was available. I went thru 6 -16 oz waters and a liter, temps were 30-57.

Beautiful waterfall! Loved all the stairs and places to rest along the way.

Pleasant hike. Just walked from top to bottom. Steep hills and stairways.

I was concerned about trying this hike as my experience as a day hiker has been in NJ for the past 12 months. Yes, the elevation is a challenge but there is an alternating break between lung-challenging climbs and downslopes to catch breaks throughout. Also, I wondered about the 12 HR time expectation posted for this hike so I pushed myself briskly and completed in 7.5 hrs. Fall colors and crisp temps kept me motivated as well as playful skip-hopping on rocks and roots on the well-worn trail. Great hike!

Very easy hike with nice views. I recommend taking the stairs up and East trail down, as the former allows you to approach the waterfall from the base. A bit tourist-y, saw several people in sandals or heeled boots who were having a miserable time going up!

Amicalola Falls is a 730 ft cascading waterfall. how often do you get a chance to see something like that. if you don't like being around people or find $5 is to much money. turn around and go home.

We took the east trail up and the stairs back down. The east trail was a steady incline and parts were very rocky. The weather was beautiful, it wasn’t too crowded, and the views were well worth it!

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