Amicalola Falls

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Amicalola Falls is a very popular destination for both day hikers and backpackers.

For day hikers, Amicalola offers an easy approach to the base of the falls, and it definitely doesn't take a day to get there! You can see the falls from the parking area, and it takes less than a mile to get to the base. However, if you want to hike to the top of the falls, it is a long, long staircase up to the top! Also, there are other scenic singletrack trails in the park.

For backpackers, Amicalola falls functions as about an 8 mile approach trail to the top of Springer Mountain and the official beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Early every spring there is a festival held at Amicalola, and a large group of AT through-hikers begin their journey en masse. There is also a large hike-to lodge up the side of the mountain that's still in the park.
Trail length: 12 miles
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  • Posted by Greg Heil on September 30, 2008
      

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    Reviews of Amicalola Falls



    Reviewed by Angelina Vargas on January 10, 2016

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    This is a great hike if you don't mind stairs. The waterfall is beautiful and my family and I like to get to the top and visit the lodge. They have the best sweet tea around.
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    Reviewed by Carmen Ross Smith on March 3, 2015

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    An amazing waterfall to see! Went this past weekend while there was still snow on the ground and it was beautiful. The trail to the top of the falls will take you up (and back down) 604 stairs, so it is a challenge, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. There are many platforms with benches along the way to stop and catch your breath. The trail is part of the Georgia State Parks Canyon Climbers Club, so if you spend a lot of time on the state's trails, consider joining and conquering all four of the canyons included.
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    Reviewed by Roadrunner87 on January 16, 2015

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    My family loves this park. The hiking is great if you also hike the other trails and not just the falls. The camping is also great, unless you are looking more for back country camping. If that's the case you'll have to take the approach trail to the Appalachian Trail terminus at Springer Mountain. Overall it's a great place to experience the outdoors and spend a day or weekend camping and hiking. Oh, and before you leave make sure to visit the restaurant at the lodge and eat, great food!
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    Reviewed by shiggs11 on June 11, 2013

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    Great place to take a day hike...stupid place to camp. Id suggest actually hiking the AT and finding some random spot to make camp...
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    Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on September 27, 2012

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    This is a great park to visit for anyone living in or visiting Georgia. They have a lodge and restaurant that serves buffet meals. The restaurant has an all glass window side overlooking the mountains. There are a lot of wonderful hiking trails, including a portion of the AT. And of course there is the tallest waterfall in the southeast. It is a beautiful waterfall. I really enjoyed this park.
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    Reviewed by BBurke on January 15, 2012

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    We have both camped and hiked the Amicalola Falls park area. While the camping is "OK" the hiking is really a lot of fun. The trails can crowd up during holiday weekends so we go early to beat the crowds in.

    We have hiked the back trail up the ridge to the falls (my favorite), as well as the smaller trails that fall on the southside of the falls. Our kids love Amicalola and ask to go often. Though the back ridge hike is much to rigorous for them to endure present time.
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    Reviewed by drH on November 27, 2011

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    Beautiful! Not as steep as Tallulah...
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    Reviewed by Melissa Peacock on November 27, 2011

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    I hiked Amicalola Falls on November 5, 2011. If it were not for the beautiful leaves changing I would have been a little disappointed the falls were not as spectacular as people hyped them to be. The colors made my trip worth it not the hike. I spent 6 hours in the park exploring all trails.
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    Reviewed by Greg Heil on September 20, 2011

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    The waterfall is beautiful! Not the most fun for a hike, though. It's all just stairs, and there are a lot of people.
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    Reviewed by Virgo Fabulous on July 27, 2009

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    This is a fun hike but be prepared for all of the steps leading to the falls. There is a bridge though that takes you right in front of the waterfall. If you continue up the stairs from there, you will reach the top. If you aren't into climbing anymore stairs, you can always drive to the top! (shhh our lil' secret!)
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