At an amazing 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the entire southeastern U.S. Its exact location is within Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. I had road tripped near this park before but never stopped in for a visit. So, on my most recent visit to north Georgia, I couldn’t pass it up.

It turned out to be a very beautiful park with many attractions. There are several hiking trails to choose from. There’s also a fancy lodge with a restaurant overlooking the mountains. But if you’d rather save some money and “rough it” they have a decent sized campground, too. I chose option B and stayed in the campground for a couple of nights.

The campground

The trailhead

I was so excited to hike the trail to the bottom of the waterfall. It was a short hike in and before long I could hear the raging water crashing down at high speed. The closer we got, the louder the sound. There was a bridge built at the base of the waterfall spanning the entire width. It was perfect for viewing this spectacular scenery.¬†I’ve seen a lot of falls over the past several years but this one took the cake. Sometimes nature is just so beautiful it’s unreal.

After taking in the sights as much as we could we decided to climb the stairway trail up to the top next. It was a long way up, but the view was worth it. Looking at the sun shining over the mountains while standing above a giant waterfall just makes me smile. I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to visit this park. I had such a good time there.

View from the top of the waterfall

View from beneath 

# Comments

  • mtbikerchick

    I grew up visiting Amicalola Falls – it is one of the prettiest waterfalls I’ve ever seen. It’s also the start, for many, of the Appalachian trail because there is an 8-mile spur trail leading to it. Bill Bryson says it’s the hardest part of the whole trail! Glad you got to experience it.

  • Jeff Barber

    I’ve spent time in the area but I don’t recall ever hiking the falls themselves–but now I will after seeing your pics!

    As mtbikerchick mentioned, the park is a great starting/ending point for the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail. There are also tons of old forest roads leading into the park which are fun to explore on a mountain bike.

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