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A Natural Wonder: Amicalola Falls

May 31, 2016
Amicalola Falls

A 1.5 hour drive north of Atlanta will take you to the base of one of Georgia’s 7 Natural Wonders — Amicalola Falls. You’re excited to get started, but before you get too deep into the woods, make a stop at the visitor’s center. There, you can pick up a map, learn about some of the wildlife you might find and you can even grab a handheld GPS (for a small fee) that will lead you on a scavenger hunt through the park. Make sure to keep a camera handy … If you can prove that you found all of the locations in the hunt, you just might win a prize!

From the visitor’s center, travel along some small rapids that lead you to a quiet pond. Circumvent the pond to begin your journey up the mountain!

At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. There are just over 600 steps to the top, a climb that will probably take around an hour one-way. About halfway up the staircase, walk a short way along a shoot-off trail to find the “moonshine truck,” a hidden gem which dates from the Prohibition Era. Serious hikers can also take the 8.5-mile access trail from Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail.

You can also drive or walk up a curving, paved road that will take you to a lodge at the top of the falls. However you get to the top, prepare yourself for an incredible view of the northeast Georgia mountains.

The visitor center is open every day of the week except for some holidays, and parking costs $5. Learn more on park hours, accommodations, activities and nearby attractions from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and Explore Georgia. If you frequently visit state parks, consider purchasing an Annual ParkPass to save on the daily parking fee.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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