Explore the Tallest Waterfall in the South at Georgia's Amicalola Falls

A trip to these falls is the perfect adventure for any day of the year.

By: Explore Georgia
November 15, 2016

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Amicalola, which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the South. 


Photo: Matthew Ady

Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. 


Photo: Matthew Ady

When you're ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.


Photo: Matthew Ady

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