Amicalola State Park and Lodge
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 the 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 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail, and 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. For hikers who enjoy more adventure, a 5-mile trail leads to the backcountry Len Foote Hike Inn. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see an Appalachian Trail display, nature exhibits, live animals, and a gift shop. Self-service luggage carts available; group service available; check in/check out (advanced noticed requested).
The Lodge provides guests with wireless internet service in each guest room as well as in the conference facilities. There is full-service catering available with the staff and facilities on hand to service private meals and receptions for up to 240 people. The Lodge Conference Staff can assist in planning all types of food and beverage functions from banquets to receptions and meeting breaks. Buffet and plated menus are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner banquet functions, offering traditional menus or specialty themed menus.
Activities and Outdoor Shelters
- To arrange for activities: Contact programming department for locations and availability
- Hiking: 12 miles of trails, picnicking, seasonal trout fishing, interpretive programs, great photography opportunities of mountain views, tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi; picnic shelters, visitor center with nature displays, live exhibits, and gift shop onsite.
- Group Shelters/Special Event Facilities:
Perfect for family reunions, parties and church picnics, enclosed group shelters have tables and chairs for 50 to 250, kitchens, restrooms, heat and air conditioning, and adjacent parking. Many have large barbecue pits. Shelters must be vacated by 9:45 p.m. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days in advance and will be assessed a fee. All vehicles in the group must display a ParkPass.
- Picnic Shelters - "We've Got You Covered": All state parks except Sprewell Bluff and Sapelo Island have covered picnic tables that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. These open-air shelters include several tables assembled under a single roof and sometimes a barbecue pit or grills. Parking and restrooms are nearby. Shelters must be vacated by 9:45 p.m. All vehicles in the group must display a ParkPass.
Accommodations: Group rates
- Lodge: 56 rooms; suites and ADA rooms available; Rate range: $75-$200 (seasonal rates)
- Cottages - 14 one, two and three bedrooms; 2-two bedroom cottages are ADA approved; 2 are pet friendly with an additional pet fee; Rate range: $80-$160 (seasonal rates)
- Camping -24 sites: tents and RV; Rate range: $23 per night for up to 2 tents per site; $25 per night ( up to 40' RV)
- Minimum number of rooms for groups: No minimum
- Cottages: 2 night stay minimum
- Camping: no minimums
- Mobility or park access:The park facilities and lodging are ADA approved.
Additional services offered to groups:
- Luggage handling: $2 per bag; check in and check out; advanced noticed requested; Self service with luggage carts available
- Breakfast included in the rate with some seasonal packages
- Meet and greet and orientation sessions offered with advance reservations. Contact the programming department (seasonal).
- Nature and outdoor programs that are open to the public are often scheduled at the lodge and park; call ahead to see what is scheduled for time of your visit.
- Team Building and ropes course; nature programs; hayrides and campfires; meeting and banquet facilities; 12 miles of hiking trails; approach trail to the 2,135 mile Appalachian