Amicalola River Trail

MODERATE 118 reviews

Amicalola River Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop 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.

2.3 miles
357 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


You must have a hunting license, fishing license, or GORP (Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass) to enter.

18 days ago

We love this place!!!❤️❤️❤️

2 months ago

Beautiful falls

6 months ago

Enjoyed the falls, easily accessible via the boardwalk trail. Did the whole loop / Interpretive Trail—Lower elevation wandered through lush rhododendrons, ferns and other evergreens. The trail does go through a lot of clear cut area but there are some mountain views before descending back to the river. I mapped 3.5 miles from parking area and back.
*Follow the paved trail, under the bridge, continue along the boardwalk until the end. The falls are just beyond.

11 months ago

This is the WMA (aka hunting grounds) that just so happens to have a "trail" on it. It's actually just a gravel access road with a like .5 mile nature trail. Only cool part is the rapids, trail is bleh

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Beautiful area... hiked every trail or so I thought. Just like everyone else said they are in the middle of clearing the trees. So the trees that are marked are spray painted blue, which is also the same color as the trial marker, so this makes it hard to follow the path once at the top. Never found the waterfalls just a few cascades down by the river. The start of the trail is very cool with a wooden path.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The steps are my favorite!!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Short hike, interesting changes in landscapes but beautiful views of the Amicalola at the top.,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

600 steps

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Great trail for the family. I had my wife, 6 yo, and 4 yo out there. We took the long route around the west side and up the steps then back down again to the pool to finish back at the visitor station. 3 miles and took our sweet time. great day.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

If you remember this as a nice trail through the woods that trail has been destroyed by deforestation. 50% of the trail has been logged and all trees knocked down. Don't waste your time with this trail if you want a walk in the woods. Go to the falls and take the trail behind the ranger station to the top.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wasn't as easy as 25 years ago. Plenty of rest stops, best on cool morning

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Trail is Poorly marked so you could very easily get lost!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

They logged a lot of the trail and it was not free n in that stretch. Trail by the river was best part

Thursday, September 22, 2016

After making my way from the visitor center, I walked up the first flight of winding steps to the bridge overlook, midway down the falls. There were plenty of cascades and vegetation on my ascent. After photographing the falls, I went up another (slightly steeper) set of stairs to the top of the falls overlook.

If you'd rather, you can take the car up the road to the top of the falls- But, that's not as fun.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Great trail... kicked my old tired butt.... beautiful and busy with lots of people

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The trail is being logged right now so it's pretty much impassible. Was on it 2 weeks ago and it was beautiful. Hopefully they will restore the trail

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

We went in the wrong trail at first. But we loved it the most.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

good trail.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Amazing views and the falls were great. Try to go within a few days of a good rain.

Friday, April 08, 2016

WAY too many steps but the view was awesome!

Friday, March 25, 2016

The waterfall is a gorgeous view. We did the Loop Trail and the Stairs up to the midway point. Stairs are strenuous but the loop trail has a nice recycled tire walkway most of the way. Great woodsy views.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great trail for kids, the river walk part of the trail has a million dollar view at the end! This is truly an undiscovered gem glad we found it.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Beautiful trail with lots of different terrain. The rapids at the end are amazing!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

nice short hike with some elevation. Pleasant views but no waterfalls. We will do it again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

As others have pointed out, this hike does NOT have any falls on it (those are at Amicalola Falls State Park). I would rate this trail as easy. There are a couple of ups and downs, but for the most part it's pretty even for a hike in the woods. One thing to be careful of, on the back section with the road, it is easy to miss your turn back onto the trail.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Nice Trail. Falls disappointing. A little uphill workout, but fairly moderate. Need BLM pass to be on the property legally.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I went a couple weeks ago and my (now) fiancé proposed! :) it was a beautiful, but short, hike if you take the main trail. Got pretty steep in a couple areas but overall pretty easy. Stairs were great-takes the wind right out of you. Gorgeous falls and a great view of the mountains at the top of the fall.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

I noticed that some people confuse this hike with the one at the falls. This is not the State Park which has all the stairs that people are posting about. This is a great hike. There are some places along the river where you can actually get in and swim. There are a couple of off the the beaten paths that you can hike. Not sure where they lead but the scenery is awesome. Make sure you have your GORP. You can buy at Walmart for $3.50 per person. If you are a large family or small group just pay the $10. I look forward to camping and fishing for trout on the next trip.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful big river but very limited hiking. Must be great fun in summer.

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