A seven-story waterfall crashing over moss covered boulders is the perfect cure for too much sidewalk time. When you are in need of less urban and more spectacular, make tracks to north Georgia and Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge. RV camping fans will find much to enjoy in this year-round wonderland near Dawsonville.
Hikers, in particular, will feel as though they’ve entered sacred ground, given the Falls’ proximity to the legendary Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus. They’ll also enjoy the challenge of the eight-and-one-half mile trail that includes hundreds of steps to the top of the Falls, then on to Springer Mountain, the official end of the Appalachian Trail.
Less physically-capable visitors, however, can also enjoy the beauty of these falls named by the Cherokee for their “thunderous” waters. Several trails rated from “moderate” to “wheelchair accessible” lead through the deep, green forests of this State Park to unforgettable views of Georgia’s highest waterfall. The Park’s Lodge, by the way, is equally picturesque and worth a few photos, too.
Speaking of photography, the area surrounding Amicalola State Park and Dawsonville, Georgia provides endless inspiration for nature photographers. Because the Park is situated on the edge of Chattahoochee National Forest, nature blazes on undisturbed for the most part. Views that will have you stopping every half mile are commonplace. Mist-filled valleys peek through tree-lined country roads, urging you to sample just one more overlook.
But on to the practical; where to stay while on your RV excursion to northern Georgia? Numerous campgrounds in the area, from rustic to well-appointed, will keep you close to the Falls.
If you’re planning to put off your stay until fall leaf-peeping season, be sure to make campground reservations early, as this is “prime time” at the Falls. Autumn visitors might also enjoy a stop at local attraction Burt’s Pumpkin Farm just down the road.
While we’re dealing with practical details, here’s how to reach Amicalola: the State Park is located about an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia on State Hwy 400. It’s also three hours south of Knoxville, TN and four-and-one-half hours west of Charlotte, NC.
It’s time to start planning your escape to a place where your imagination can run wild. The sights, sounds and scents of a Georgia forest, backed by the soundtrack of a bright splash of water down a mountainside, could be just exactly what you need.