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|Amicalola Falls State Park - Georgia
The highest waterfall in Georgia at 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is easily accessible to everyone. The waterfall can be viewed from the parking lot at the base of the falls. A serene reflecting pool sits to the right of the parking lot. A closer view of the lower falls can be had from a 1/2 mile trail.
Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. A steep road leads to the top of the falls where a short walk allows one to look over the top of the falls. Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters".
There are 3 1/2 miles of hiking trails in the park leading to the waterfall and through the surrounding mountain area. An 8 mile trail leads to Springer Mountain to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
The park has a 57-room lodge, 14 rental cottages, 17 campsites, 6 picnic shelters, and 4 playgrounds. The lodge is at the top of the park with an excellent view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information call (706) 265-8888. Interpretive programs are scheduled throughout the year. These include a spring wildflower walk in April, Appalachian Falls Celebration in May, Summer's End Trading Days in August, Wilderness Survival Workshop in September and in October an overnight backpacking trip, a Native American Heritage Appreciation Day and a Fall Forest Festival.
From I-75 North take I-575 north to Route 108. Turn right on Route 108 to Route 53. Stay on Route 53 for 20 miles and then turn left onto Route 183 for about 17 miles. Look for signs directing you to the park's entrance.