#3 of 64 state parks in Georgia

Best trails in Amicalola Falls State Park , Georgia

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Looking for a great trail in Amicalola Falls State Park , Georgia? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, views 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. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Amicalola Falls State Park ranging from 2 to 9.7 miles and from 1,794 to 3,389 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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

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Map of trails in Amicalola Falls State Park , Georgia
Park information
Acreage:
829 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
(800) 864-7275
Helpful links
Top trails (7)
#1 - Amicalola Falls via East Ridge Loop Trail
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
As of October 2020, hikers report that the bridge is CLOSED. This is a track from the bottom of amicacola falls to the top. From there up to the AT approach trail and back. Fun loop for all. Well marked and the falls are beautiful!Show more
#2 - Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 17 m
#3 - Appalachian Approach Trail
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 17.8 mi • Est. 9 h 11 m
There are numerous campsites on this route and most have fire pits stocked with wood. Please be aware that you may encounter bears on this trail.Show more
#4 - Amicalola Falls Lookout Loop
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
#5 - Cochran Creek Falls
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
There are a few small clearings for parking but no designated parking area or trailhead. If you have a 4x4 vehicle you can cross the creek and park in the camping area. Users have reported that this can be a rough route as it is on a narrow path that is not marked well and there is a lot of scrambling in the last half-mile especially. Fallen trees occur regularly.Show more
#6 - Frosty Mountain (via The Approach Trail)
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
Frosty Mountain is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest along the Approach Trail to Springer Mountain (the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.) The summit was once the site of a U.S. Forest Service lookout tower, but it has been removed and all that remains is a flat area suitable for overnight camping. A seasonal spring is located a short distance to the southeast although it may be difficult to find especially in the summer months. Show more
#7 - Amicalola Falls to Woody Gap via Appalachian Trail
Amicalola Falls State Park
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Length: 34.6 mi • Est. Multi-day