Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

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Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

Georgia

(706) 265-4703

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Overview

Amicalola Falls State Park is an 829-acre Georgia state park located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. It's easy to see why this is one of Georgia's most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning "tumbling waters," is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ~~ the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famed 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys.

A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is popular with guests who prefer traditional hotel comforts, while the cottages and campgrounds are more rustic. The park's Maple Restaurant is known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. For hikers who enjoy more adventure, a 5-mile trail leads to the backcountry Len Foote Hike Inn.

Map of Amicalola Falls & Lodge (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.554946, -84.250770

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Activities

  • Camping

    In addition to 14 cottages, 56 lodge rooms and 20 rooms at the Hike Inn and a pioneer camp for larger groups the park has 24 combined tent and RV campsites. Campsites have water, electric a picnic table, fire-ring and grill. There is a comfort station with washer and dryer. Due to the popularity of the park and the limited number of camping sites reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Fishing

    Seasonal trout fishing is allowed in Little Amicalola Creek. Visitors should follow all state fishing regulations.

  • Hiking

    There are 12 miles of trails within Amicalola State Park, including the Appalachian Approach Trail. The range from a .25 mile loop trail that is wheelchair accessible to the more strenuous 5.5 mile trail that provides access to the Len Foote Hike Inn and requires a permit before visitors can hike the trail.

  • Picnicking

    In addition to picnic areas located throughout the park at various scenic areas there are four picnic shelters that visitors can reserve in advance.

  • RVing

    The park has 24 combined tent and RV campsites. Campsites have water, electric a picnic table, fire-ring and grill. There is a comfort station with washer and dryer. Due to the popularity of the park and the limited number of camping sites reservations are strongly recommended.

Seasonality/Weather

The day use area of the park is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. year- round.

Park Partners

Friends of Amicalola Falls State Park

The Friends of Amicalola Falls State Park is a group of dedicated people who work together to help the Park meet its mission to protect the Park's natural beauty and historic integrity while providing opportunities for public enjoyment and education.

Many members of the Friends of Amicalola Falls State Park serve as Volunteers and contribute their time and talents to support the Park in many ways including working side-by-side with Park staff, raising contributions for various projects, and seeking state and federal legislative support for the Parks.

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

Georgia DNR operated Lodge. The site provides additional details about the area and, room reservations and other uses for the Lodge.

(800) 573-9656

Directions

Driving

Located 15 miles northwest of Dawsonville on Ga. Hwy. 52. Take Hwy. 53 west to Hwy. 183 north to Hwy. 52 east.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(706) 265-4703

Campground reservations

(800) 864-7275

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