This is a truly beautiful waterfall in a forested mountain park. The name purportedly derives from a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters." It fits as the falls tumble down a steep 729 foot drop. The trail to the bridge near the top is fairly steep and ends with a series of stairs and landings offering scenic views. Not overly strenuous but you need to be in desent shape to do it. In the photo my granddaughter and I made it to the top (as did our photographer, my wife).
There are lots of hiking trails and campsites available as well as a lodge which I am told is quite nice with a good restaurant. We didn't stay there but might next time we go.
Above is the title of the Swan Center's brochure. They take in and rehabilitate previously abused or neglected animals and run a series of programs designed to "demonstrate the educational, therapeutic and spiritual value of a loving relationship with animals." They have riding lessons and camps as well as providing one time riding opportunities. We took our granddaughter there as a birthday present and she was very impressed. Her horse for the trail ride was "Black Beauty." a former jumping horse whose previous owners almost starved to death. They did not realize she was pregnant so they quit feeding her when she gained weight. The center got her just in time to nurse her back to health and she had a healty foal. Sally loved "Beauty."
They are supported by donations and the income from their programs.
Who would have guessed that the largest collection of kangaroos outside Australia are in the North Georgia Mountains? Not me. But that is the claim of the Kangaroo Conservation Center just outside Dawsonville. The area is an 87 acre wildlife sanctuary where the kangaroos have pretty free range and are protected from predators. As you ride through there are kangaroos everywhere - lazing in the shade, hopping across the fields, etc. The place is very attractive and well maintained and I got the feeling the animals were in a pretty natural setting. Before the tour there is an educational and entertaining presentation in the barn featuring a number of kangaroos, wallabys and a dik dik. Tours are by appointment only spring through late fall. Cost is $27.50 for adults and $22.50 for children.
There is a nice article from the New York Times about the center at:
127 Beartooth Pkwy, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Good for: Business
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, Georgia, 30534, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
We stayed here for one night before heading to Amicalola Falls State Park. Its a newer hotel and a...more
This is a good basic American motel. The room we had was pretty large, clean and had a nice clean...more
Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville, Georgia, 30534, United States
Good for: Families
1 Gold Creek Dr, Po Box 1357, Dawsonville, GA 3053
418 AMICALOLA FALLS LODGE RD, Dawsonville, GA 3053
Amicalola Falls is worth the trip up, but it is a bit strenuous. After hiking about 1/2 mile up a fairly steep path you are confronted with this sign where the path turns to stairs. It is actually the easier part of the hike, but by the time you get here you can be worn out. If you can handle it, the view is spectacular.