Amicalola Falls State Park is nestled in North Georgia’s mossy, waterfall-filled Chattahoochee National Forest, set in the rolling, vibrant-green southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s one of the most popular, and most visited, of Georgia’s State Parks – and for a good reason. At the heart of the park, the Georgia’s tallest waterfall spills down a towering bluff, falling 720 feet into a mossy, boulder-filled forest. It’s the highest cascading falls east of the Mississippi River.

This towering waterfall is located 7.5 miles by hike from the southern end of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, and it’s the closest access point to the AT via paved roads. The AT Approach Trail departs from the crest of this waterfall, trailing to the Springer Mountain summit. It’s at Springer that the Appalachian Trail begins its 2000+ mile, epic journey northbound for Maine, a hike attempted every year by thousands of AT thru-hikers.

And there’s another well-loved trail that departs from the crest of this immense waterfall, the Hike Inn Trail. This trail winds through beautiful forest to reach the Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry inn that’s accessible only via hike. It’s one of our favorite outdoor experiences in Georgia, and well worth the hike, with great food, great company and beautiful views at the Inn. (It’s an amazing experience, to pack for a day hike but overnight in the wilderness, and a fantastic alternative to backpacking the distance to Springer Mountain.)

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Amicalola Falls State Park: top trails

These are our favorite hikes at, and beginning at, Amicalola Falls. Staying the night? Reservations are required for the Len Foote Hike Inn, and highly recommended for the Amicalola Falls Lodge and the park’s campsites and cottages.

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