Amicalola Falls lies in Amicalola Falls State Park, which is an 829 acre Georgia state park located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. The park’s name is derived from a Cherokee language word meaning “tumbling waters.” The park features 12 miles of hiking trails, access to Appalachian Trail, picnicking, Trout fishing, and geocaching. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast.

It is suggested that guests begin their day with a stop at the visitor center to see maps, an Appalachian Trail display, live animals and 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. Be sure to swing by DeSota Falls or other waterfalls when in the area.

Photography by Brian McInturff

Photography by Brian McInturff

Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes. Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.

A mountain-top lodge is popular with guests who prefer hotel comforts, while cottages and a campground offer more rustic accommodations. For those seeking adventure, a five-mile hike leads to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge. Some nearby attractions include the Blue Ridge Mountains, Burt’s Farm, Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, Kangaroo Conservation Center, and the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.


Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Dawson County

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.562652 | W -84.247627

Directions & Parking

Located 15 miles northwest of Dawsonville on Highway 52. Take Highway 53 west to Highway 183 north to Highway 52 east. More information at

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

DeSoto Falls

GPS Parking Area – N34º 42.37′ W83º 54.95′ 
A nearby perk is the smaller DeSota Falls. To reach the falls from Dahlonega head north on GA9 / Morrison Moore Parkway for 13 miles, then turn left onto US-129 for 4 miles. The trails will be on the left.