Amicalola Falls State Park

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Amicalola Falls State ParkAmicalola Falls State Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Georgia State Park system

Amicalola Falls drop 729 feet from top to bottom, earning the distinction of being the tallest waterfall in Georgia.

The name "Amicalola" derives from a Cherokee word that loosely translated to "tumbling waters." Standing next to the crashing cataract, one can certainly appreciate the nomenclature.

There are trails leading to the falls, but be prepared for a climb. The trail varies from steep to stairs, and can be a very aerobic adventure. If you are not in top physical condition, be sure to carry drinking water and plan to rest often.

Although the park contains one of Georgia’s most significant natural features, it is a bit over-developed and includes a year-round lodge on the property. Those that prefer a more natural experience can elect to stay in the campground.

Amicalola Falls State Park is also famous as the starting point for most that are hiking the Appalachian Trail. Although the national trail officially begins on Springer Mountain, one must hike the AT approach trail that originates in the park to get there, or hike backwards from another point on the trail.

Another reason that the park is so popular is its proximity to the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Located between Dawsonville and Ellijay on Georgia Highway 52, the park is less than a two hour drive from nearly everywhere in the region.

And it’s definitely worth the effort to get there!

Official Georgia State Parks Website

Amicalola Falls in Georgia

Comments (12)

John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Amicalola Falls State Park sounds and looks like a great place to explore! 

Oct 25, 2012 10:54 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It really is! Thanks my friend.

Oct 25, 2012 10:55 PM
Broker Patty Da Silva Da Silva
Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Cooper City, FL
Top Listing Broker

Looks beautiful! It's nice to have the option of the lodge and the campground.

Oct 25, 2012 10:58 PM
Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

Iit is a great park, and especially beautiful in the fall. Thanks for high lighting the park

Oct 25, 2012 11:02 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Amicalola Falls is beautiful! What a wonderful place for a hike!

Oct 25, 2012 11:05 PM
Janis Borgueta
Newburgh, NY
Retired RE Salesperson

Natural and beautiful waterfalls... truly a great find. Thanks for sharing Richard.

Oct 25, 2012 11:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A pretty setting with the fall color in the background.   Nature once again at it's best.

Oct 25, 2012 11:33 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a beautiful destination.  And you're right, being so close to Atlanta would be another reason to visit.  Atlanta is one of the best places I've ever visited.

Oct 25, 2012 11:38 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Yes it is! THX.

It is a special place. Thanks so much.


Not so much carrying all of that photographic gear! lol and THX.


I love the North Georgia Mountains! Thanks.


And getting the light just right! Thx.

Chris Ann...

It's just a hop. skip and a jump! Thanks my friend.

Oct 26, 2012 01:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Richard, Those falls are gorgeous. That park looks like a really great place to relax and reflect.

Oct 26, 2012 04:21 AM
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Richard- Deja Vous...been there and you  captured it perfectly. Submit your work to public TV. I know some folks who would pay attention to your body of work

Oct 26, 2012 08:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Looks like an awesome spot Richard.  Great pics!

Oct 26, 2012 09:19 PM