Amicalola Falls State Park via Appalachian Trail

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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Amicalola Falls State Park via Appalachian Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dawsonville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.3 miElevation gain1,902 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyBackpackingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersBugs
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This trail starts at Amicalola Falls State Park and heads to Len Foote Hike Inn.

5$ state parking fee. No limit to time in park with parking pass. Register in visitor center for extended hikes to validate parking permit.

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Sophia Ravenel
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Boomer Walks
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Rachelle Graham
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This hike was great! If you start at the base of the falls, it’s a bit longer but worth it. The stairs to the top of the falls is a good warm up. The hike inn trail itself is very well marked and maintained. There are some great scenic viewpoints, nice break areas, and the scenery changes throughout. We loved the lower portions with the brook and rhododendrons.

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Jesse Boone
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John John Lugli
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Carmen Votey
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Fantastic.

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Tim Oubre
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James Rudny
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Great AT approach trail. Moved through here quick on the way to Springer Mountain. Well worth the extra mileage for the views.

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Tyler Lawhead
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Great 5 mile hike. Good lookout about 1 mile in with a couple changes in scenery as you descend

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David Best
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Great hike

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Dwight Dayhoff
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Dwight Dayhoff
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Monty McGavock
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Nice hike today... leaves are starting to turn pretty well

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Steph Strickland
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Awesome and challenging. Doable with 15 Ilb pack and hard with heavy hiking boots.

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Rekha Tahilramani
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One of the my favorite trail.

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Mike Little
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Charles Holliday
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Lynda Terry
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It was very difficult at times but this is what we came to do!

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Holly Buchanan
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Brooke Ashlei
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HikingGreat!

Great hike up to the falls! I would go up the regular trail and save the stairs for when you go back down!

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Carol Cosner
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Super day & hike.

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Matthew Johnston
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Strenuous. Hiked with wife, 14 yr old and 11 yr old from base of falls visitor center to Hike Inn and back. Uphill plus stairs to start for about 1 mile. You can also park at top of waterfalls to avoid this but view is awesome. From the top of falls it is about 10 miles out and back. Not too scenic but a couple very nice overlooks. The trail is up and down. You alternate working up an uphill sweat with a good downhill about 4 times and then reverse it at 5 miles. The Hike Inn which takes reservations, has a restaurant and cornhole provides ice cold water for you to refill. When done, dip your feet in the waterfall fed creek. Feels great.

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Charles Gerick
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Great trail with a round trip stop at “Hike Inn” with ice cold water and relaxing swings.

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Shawn Smith
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Ummm nothing really to see on this trail except for one lookout point. Good strenuous walk through a forest. Not really for sightseeing. Didn’t even see ANY flowers. Nothing to brag about. We ended up turning back after about 3/4 of the trail and going on one of the waterfall trails.

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Tim Cooper
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Always a favorite. This time we did the Falls East loop first(3.1mi) and then did the Len Foot Inn trail hike(9.5mi).

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Jeremy Devers
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It’s a nice long hike.

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Courtney B
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Austin Bankston
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Simple and strenuous trail. There isn’t anything nice or memorable to look at until the very end where the AT starts. Nice back country camp sites though!

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Laila kring
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Very disappointed.. trail states it featured a waterfall - it does not.. hiked about 5 miles in and it was nothing but forest...

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