Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

State: Georgia

Address 1: 240 Amicalola State Park Road

City: Dawsonville

Zip: 30534

Phone: 706-265-8888

Open all Year: Yes

Number of Sites: 24

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

About: It’s easy to see why this is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ~~ the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famed 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys.

A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is popular with guests who prefer traditional hotel comforts, while the cottages and campgrounds are more rustic. The park’s Maple Restaurant is known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. For hikers who enjoy more adventure, a 5-mile trail leads to the backcountry Len Foote Hike Inn. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see an Appalachian Trail display, nature exhibits, live animals and a gift shop.

Please note that Amicalola Falls is exceptionally busy during peak leaf season. Guests may prefer to visit during the week or carpool on weekends. Advanced reservations for accommodations are highly recommended.

* 829 Acres
* 24 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites
* 14 Cottages — #5 (Bottom of Falls) and #6 (Top of Falls) are dog friendly ( max 2)
* 4 Picnic Shelters
* Group Shelter (seats 75)
* 56-Room Lodge & Conference Center
* Maple Restaurant (Closed on Christmas Day)
* 20-Room Hike Inn
* Visitor Center
* Ropes Course (groups only, advanced reservations required)
* Gift Shops
* GeoCaching
* Hiking – 12 miles of trails
* Picnicking
* Trout Fishing (seasonal)
* Interpretive Programs
* Photography