Located in north Georgia, Amicalola Falls State Park is the perfect vacation destination for travelers interested in outdoor activities or romantic getaways. One of the most impressive Georgia waterfalls is the highlight of the scenic drive to the top of the ridge.
Nestled quietly at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Dawsonville, Amicalola Falls, meaning "tumbling waters" in Cherokee, features the 729-foot cascade that is the tallest of the Georgia waterfalls located east of the Mississippi. Atop the ridge, Amicalola Falls Lodge provides guests with traditional accommodations while guests interested in rustic lodging can reserve cottages or camping sites. Backpackers who prefer an indoor place to stay can take a five-mile trail leading to Len Foote Hike Inn.
Amicalola Falls is a busy vacation destination, especially during the months when tourists travel to the area to see the changing of the leaves. During the holiday season, the park is busy as well, with visitors and locals arriving at the lodge for holiday weekend getaways and for the Thanksgiving buffet served at the Lodge restaurant.
Amicalola Falls State Park is within easy driving distance of the city of Dahlonega, which is known for its annual Gold Rush Days and quaint charm, as well as its many antique stores, craft shops, and restaurants serving a variety of cuisine including authentic Southern cooking. Heading from Amicalola Falls State Park along an 8.5-mile trail takes hikers and backpackers to Springer Mountain, a starting point for the Appalachian Trail.