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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

hiking
10 days 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
13 days 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.

backpacking
28 days ago

ok

1 month ago

awesome place just hike 5 miles of trails beautiful waterfall