Amicalola Falls State Park Things to Do

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    Amicalola Falls

    by jmpncsu Written Apr 21, 2014
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    At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall in Georgia and one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Located in a state park, access to the falls is easy with paved roads leading to the falls and even up to the top. The park visitor center is located immediately upon entering the park. The Appalachian Approach Trail starts from behind the visitor center and there is a nice archway signifying the start of the world-famous hiking trail. The AT Approach also provides a hiking route leading to the base of the falls and the stairs leading up to the top. It's also possible to drive to the top, but you can't really see much from the top. We did drive to the top and then take the stairs down. About 400 stairs down to a footbridge over the middle of the falls. This was a great spot to view the falls up close and personal. Down a few hundred more stairs led to the lower observation platform with fantastic views of the entire falls. And then the climb back up to the top. Huffing and puffing my way back up, I was amazed to see a very in-shape couple running laps up and down the stairs. We only visited for a short time to see the falls, but this was a very beautiful area where you could easily spend the better part of a day.

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    The Falls

    by leplaya Updated May 25, 2008

    This state park, an hour north of Atlanta, is known for two things. One is the 729 ft waterfall (one of the 7 wonders of Georgia). It's the highest waterfall in Georgia and from at least one source, it's the highest cascding waterfall in the US east of the Mississippi River. A few miles up from the visitors center there is a parking lot just below the falls. From there is a trail up a wooden staircase that takes you immediately in front of the falls (great view of the falls), from there the staircase goes up to the top of the falls. With about 600 steps it gets kind of tiring.
    The second thing this park is well known for is the Appalachian trail. A trail that goes up the easter states, about 2200 miles to Maine. Every year many ambitious hikers start their journey here. Most start their hike here, 8.5 miles away from the start of the Appalachian trail.

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    Shortcut to Springer Mountain

    by leplaya Updated May 25, 2008

    If you're lazy or if you don't have much time (I'd like to say my case was the latter) you can get much closer the start of the Appalachian trail at the top of Springer mountain by car. It is about a 45 min drive (last 6 miles is a dirt road) from Amicalola Falls State Park. There's a parking spot next to the Appalachian trail, 0.9 miles from its start. The trail towards the peak is across the street from the parking lot. The hike is easy and quick. There's a couple of plaques indicating the start of the trail (and the fact that there's 2,175 miles to go to the other end), as well as a register at the top. Also, there is a great view of the surrounding areas from the top. There are no fees.

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    Appalachian Approach Trail

    by leplaya Updated May 25, 2008

    This is where through-hikers of the 2,175 mile long Appalachian trail start their journey. The actual start of the Appalachian trail is 8.5 miles away on the top of Springer mountain, but most people start here. Most through-hikers (and you'll notice them because they'll be carrying 40 pounds worth of equipment on their backs) start in early spring so that they could make it to Maine before it gets too cold. It's a nice hike, through wooded areas, but it's one way so if you're not planning on continuing on to the Appalachian Trail, you'll have to make turn back on the same trail.

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    Hiking to Springer Mountain

    by goingsolo Written Sep 5, 2003
    Appalacian Approach Trail

    Amicalola Falls State Park contains the unofficial beginning of the Appalacian Trail. The 8.3 mile approach trail begins in near the Amicalola Lodge and heads to the top of Springer Mountain, where the AT begins.

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