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Amicalola Falls via East Ridge Loop Trail

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Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls via East Ridge Loop Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dawsonville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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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!

Note: If the parking lots closest to the visitor's center are full, drive up the hill to the top of the falls and make that your starting point.

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Recordings (611)
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Jessica Pena
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Hiking

Always amazing!!

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Michelle Godfrey
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Hiking

One of my favorites trails ever! Parked at the top of the falls, took the East Ridge trail down, ate packed lunch at the park crossed the street and took the Creek trail up to the reservoir then path that leads to the 650 metal steps! The steps were the hardest part! The view made it all worth it! Our trail was 4 miles. 2 kids and a dog in tow!

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Alexander Payne
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Hiking

Not alot of social distancing and many families

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Katherine Ju
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall. Trail is hard and totally worth it. It is pretty crowded on west ridge trail and on observation decks. Almost everyone wears masks.

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Sam Wywrot
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HikingGreat!

Short, but strenuous. Bring plenty of water. Pretty much a straight shot up. Would recommend taking the eastern trail up as the payoff of seeing the falls for the first time from the top is amazing. First half of the east portion is wooded, second half alternates between exposed and some shade. Loop back down is just some stairs, plenty of photo ops.

Nishant Narula
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HikingGreat!

Amazing trail. It was although strenuous but every mile was worth it.

Celange Murphy
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HikingFeeRocky

Nice trail... it was shaded mostly from trees. It was rocky. There were nice views of the mountains and the waterfall. It was definitely crowded. I would get there no later than 9:30 on the weekend.

Jessica Maldonado-Glover
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Hiking

Great hike. Go early. Avoid the crowd. Bring plenty of water. Beautiful views.

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Simon Mun
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HikingRocky

The majority of the path was uneven, rocky, and rooty (tree roots), providing an easy to moderate hike. The ascent is rewarded with beautiful views across the mountain scape.

Paul Adkins
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Hiking

Beautiful as can be! Rocks in a few places make high tops a great choice for this particular hike.

Greg Panowicz
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Really great view but was pretty crowded. The trail is easy to navigate and would definitely recommend this.

Daniel Smith
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HikingRocky

I really enjoyed this loop. It’s better if you do it clockwise. The falls are really nice but they do get a little crowded.

Emilia cotto
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail.

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Joseph Morris
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HikingRocky

I bit rocky with plenty of roots to navigate

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Katasha F. Kenney
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Hiking

It was a nice fun hike, however at some spots it was steep and washed out really bad. Which could be dangerous for some, just take your time and all together it’s worth the hike. The waterfall from the top is worth it!

Allyson Williams
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HikingFeeRocky

We did the Creek Trail, connected to the 1st section of the Appalachian Approach Trail (some steep parts and 175 steps) to see the glorious waterfalls and then 425 steps to the Top of the Falls. We returned via the East Ridge Trail which is pretty rocky with very few vistas. Also we walked the Mt. Laurel Loop which was fairly non-scenic; there were very few people though so that was nice. We got there about 9am before lots of crowds. I would highly recommend it. I felt sorry for the dogs who had the go up the grated metal steps on the Appalachian Approach Trail. One shepherd appeared to be so scared and clearly uncomfortable.

James Conway
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Krista Watts
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HikingRocky

Lots a tree roots and steep inclines/declines. Views are breathtaking and the waterfall is beautiful. Pretty crowded by 11am

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John McKinney
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Good trail. Well maintained. Parking very limited at lower level to trail head. Heavily traveled. Steep in a few spots that can be tough on small kids, elderly, and weekend warriors. Water fall is impressive but very limited space at top of stairs at falls. Note there are 175 steps to the top of stairs.

Adrian Baugh
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The waterfall is gorgeous, the trail is meh.

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Tom Inabinet
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Hiking

Take water and frequent breaks going up or down stairs. Amazing view from top and base. Can be a bit crowded and parking sparse. Get there early.

Julie Gamble Eichler
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Hiking

This trail was BUSY around the falls overlook areas! Granted, it’s a Saturday afternoon... The first ascent was rooty, rocky and pretty tough but the falls are worth it!!! The crowd thinned out considerably on the Mountain Laurel Loop and Creek Trail. We rushed back, due to rain but we’re glad we had made the trek.

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Daisy Eady
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Hiking

Great trail! Very shaded and beautiful views of the waterfall. DO NOT bring your dogs on this specific trail route. This route takes you up the 425 steps which are large grates and not safe for dog paws. We took ours and ended up carrying her up all of the stairs which wasn’t fun. Otherwise was a great workout!

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Dong Chen
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600 steps along the fall to the top. Lots of fun to start the Apalachian Approaching Trail.

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Russell Emory
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Hiking

Need more signage and trail markers especially around parking areas. Beautiful views and waterfalls

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