amicalola state park
Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, Amicalola State Park is a wonderful get-away spot for busy Atlantans. The park boasts a beautiful waterfall, nature center and an approach hike for the Appalachian Trail. Campsites are high atop the mountain but you can also overnight at the lodge or the rustic Hike Inn, which is accessed by a five mile hike along the approach trail to the AT.
Rating: Three Stars
Set on a mountainside, beautiful waterfall, great hiking
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Find Amicalola about an hour and a half north of Atlanta. Taking I-75 north to I-575 then continuing onto Free Hope Church Road, Highway 53, Steve Tate Road and Highway 136. You will find the park in Dawson County.
The Park includes 829 acres in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. It is a hikers paradise with a variety of trails including the approach to the Applachian Trail. The climb to the top of 700 foot high Amicalola Falls certainly qualifies as a hike, crossing bridges in front of the falls, and climbing wooden stairs to the top. The Park includes a nature center and gift shop as well as the Amicalola Lodge with spectacular views from its lobby, restaurant and patio. Nearby is Dawsonville and Dahlonega for shopping restaurants and additional activities.
Amicalola offers 24 wooded campsites, located at the top of a steep hill. The winding road to the campground sports a 25% incline. The sites are tucked into the hillside but none view the falls. The sites are fairly level, well maintained, and provide electricity, water, picnic table, grill and fire ring at each site. Shower facilities and dump station are also available within the campground.
The Park also offers cabins for rent in the campground area, the Amicalola Lodge set on the top of the mountain, or the rustic Len Foote Hike Inn, which is accessed along the approach trail to the Applachian Trail.