Amicalola Falls

Location: Georgia
Trip Starts: Visitors Center
Trip Ends: Top Of Falls
Total Distance: 1.5 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Approach Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
More Information:

Amicalola Falls State Park
418 Amicalola Falls Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(706) 344-1500


This hike to Amicalola Falls starts at the visitor’s center and ascends ~800 feet to the top of the falls after 1.5 miles. A portion of the 8.1 mile Approach Trail is used for this hike which provides access to the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.

Start at the back of the visitor’s center and walk through a large archway following the blue blazes. The Approach Trail intersects with a large parking area after a mile where there is a small pond at the base of the falls. Continue climbing along a paved path then over a series of stairs and bridges to cross the falls and eventually reach a platform near the top of Amicalola Falls. The park lodge is ahead to your right.

You can either park a car at the top of the falls and shuttle back to the visitor’s center, or turn around and hike back down to the base of the mountain. Either way the falls are an impressive sight and well worth the trip.

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