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!

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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

Only did part of this trail because of time restrictions. The falls were indeed grand and worth seeing. note: Staircases are pretty steep. trails are shaded pretty much. some bug spray should be brought along!

Great trail, felt more challenging, but I think I'm out if shape. Mix of well maintained trail with rocks as you get closer to the top. My 5 year old did it with no problem.

Fantastic hike. Stairs are a great workout.

The trail is well marked and made it easy to stay on the trail. First time on this trail and the overall experience was excellent. Plenty of campsites and shelters along the trail, and there are couple of water springs to refill water. The trails to the water springs are marked as well.

Good hike with Kim, Ari, and me. I’ve done this hike several times and it’s always enjoyable and enough of an elevation climb to make it challenging.

hiking
16 days ago

We started from the top at the lodge. Going down was still tricky, but the stairs are metal with solid footing the whole way. The view at the bottom is amazing. The way back up is pure strenuous. But there are benches to rest on. Us senior citizens made it back! NOTE: I would not take a dog—the metal grated steps appeared to hurt their feet and it was metal the whole way.

Awesome day, awesome trail. Saw two black bears along the way. You should be in relativity good health to attempt an out and back. As stated in previous reviews there are plenty of camp sites along the way but only three areas to replenish water. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 liters of water with you. Expect to burn over 3500 calories.

It was a nice and well kept trail. I’m just really not a person who likes touristy areas. I like it when I’m the only person there. Here I had trouble finding parking with over a hundred cars. Probably could use another parking lot. Also it cost $5. But beautiful falls.

hiking
28 days ago

I would recommend this trail for families looking for a short hike with slightly more difficulty than the easy level hike here.

hiking
1 month ago

Start from the bottom and make your way to the top. Stop as many times as you need to and enjoy this beautiful place. Great way to start any hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it

Beautiful trail!! Semi rough terrain but both my kids, 9 and 6 were able to do it. Good trail for dogs!

Love the falls!! The hike up to the top mostly consist of metal grated stairs. It’s a lot of straits but not too difficult, there are lots of spots to stop and rest if needed up to the top.

Two very different trails as one loop. One is mostly paved, with 600 steps ascending to the top of the falls. The other is all rocks at the top, then packed dirt, with little to see other than trees. Footing on the rocky part can be tricky. But the falls are worth it, and one can relax at the nearby lodge and grab a drink or something to eat.

Moderate to strenuous and very rooted and rocky, but lots of fun! Felt a sense of accomplishment at the top once we reached the waterfall!

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over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Second time doing this trail and it was great. Did it at a faster pace, part of the trail had a few trees down and path washed out but not too bad that you couldn’t get around.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Was a good trail but some of the path was washed out and a lot of fallen trees in the path . would definitely do it again.

Ouch. 604 stairs.

The stairs are no joke, but this is an amazing trek. Must do.

backpacking
1 month ago

Lots of good places to camp along the first 5 miles of this trail and shelter close the Springer Mountain! Since we started at the top of Springer and hiked backwards we stopped about halfway along the trail around the frosty mountain area 4.3ish miles from Amicalola Falls and unfortunately picked a campsite that had so much broken glass on the ground! It was a major disappointment bc we were exhausted from our 4 hour hike but then we had to rid the glass from the ground so we could put the tent down safely. Very dangerous. But the other campsites seemed to be much better and cleaner! I loved this hike and the falls were beautiful.

That first part is no joke. I still think I prefer taking the East Ridge trail rather than those stairs.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning! Easy walk for all ages with ADA access for wheelchairs or strollers. Amazing Photography without having to climb any stairs. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS simple walk to the most amazing waterfall in the Eastern US!

Wow! Stunning Waterfall! Take your time and pace yourself on the 435+ steps. Amazing photography! An absolute ‘must do hike’ in GA.

This trail is no joke . I consider myself moderately in shape but was not prepared for it. Hike with two other friends from Aminicola to Springer for an overnight stay . 30 pound pack was feeling like a 100 after 4 miles. The first part of the trip is a constant upward climb. It was brutal but then leveled out until Springer with a more steady climb. Make sure to register at the visitors center which opens at 8:30 am. Prepare for your water intake especially in Summer . We saw 2 timer rattlesnakes off trail a few yards so be on the lookout. They have some decent tent sites up on Springer and a food locker . Be sure to stow away all food before nightfall from Bears. I’d advise to practice some various distanced hikes first with 30lbs and decent inclines before trying this. They also have a shelter on Springer and with a spring water stop . Be cautious and keep a steady pace . It took me 5 hours up to springer with full gear moderately in shape mid 50 yr old . Made it back the next day in 4 plus hours with a stop at the Hike in for coffee and to wash up. Very nice staff and stop. Donations are appreciated there for stopping by. Overall a rigorous Father’s Day weekend .

Trail has nice views. Falls are amazing.

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