With the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi as the centerpiece at one of Georgia’s most visited State Parks, Amicalola Falls is a mountaintop recreation paradise, complete with trails, camping, lodging, dining, and unparalleled access to the great outdoors. Situated at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge is perched on a mountain ridge above Amicalola Falls, at 2,780 feet. The falls themselves are a popular visitor’s destination in their own right, and guests are challenged by the approach trail to the falls and other marked wilderness trails surrounding the property. A well-marked and less challenging ADA accessible trail makes the best view of the Falls accessible to almost everyone.
Hiking trails throughout the region surrounding Amicalola provide easy access to nearby mountains, and terrain for every hiking skill level, from beginner to experienced. Park trails are marked and well maintained, and an easy-to-follow trail map can be obtained at the visitor center when checking into the park.
Moderate: The Upper West Ridge Trail and Lower West Ridge Trail have a total length of less than a mile (0.7) and provide access to ridges running southwest, high above Amicalola Creek. Long views of the falls are a fall and winter secret for off-season adventure.
Difficult: The East Ridge Spring Trail climbs 1.5 miles above the valley floor at the visitor center to the falls overlook at the top of the mountain. This trail also provides access to the Appalachian Approach Trail, as well as several logging roads ranging more than 20 miles into the backcountry.
Easy: The Base of Falls Trail starts at the reflection pool at the bottom of the falls and climbs less than half a mile to the top, looking out over valleys and ridges beyond the park.