5 of the Best Things to Do at Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls State ParkThe tallest cascading waterfall in the southeast is none other than Amicalola Falls in Northern Georgia. Visitors flock to Amicalola Falls State Park from across the country just to see this 729-foot wonder. However, this waterfall is only one reason to visit Amicalola Falls State Park on your next mountain vacation. Spectacular scenery abounds in this beautiful corner of the Georgia mountains and it’s easy to spend a whole day exploring one this popular state park.  Here are five of the best things you can do at Amicalola Falls:

1. Go for a Hike

With well over 12 miles of trails scattered throughout the park, hiking is the main attraction at Amicalola Falls. For visitors with limited mobility, or for those who just want the best views of the waterfall, the 0.3 mile West Ridge Falls Access Trail is the best choice. The other 9 paths at Amicalola Falls State Park range in length and in difficulty, so there is a hiking trail for every hiker!

2. Join the Canyon Climbers Club

Amicalola Falls is one of four Georgia state parks that collectively challenge hikers to join the Canyon Climbers Club. Ambitious hikers, who hope to also hike other Georgia state parks, can stop in at the Amicalola Falls park office and purchase a $10 membership card. With card in hand, club members then set to the task of completing the Canyon Climber challenge at each state park. At Amicalola Falls, this challenge is a steep climb more than 600 steps up the mountain. The path begins at the base of the Amicalola Falls waterfall and follows the water’s edge straight up the mountain until it reaches the top.

3. Pack a Picnic for Lunch

Like most Georgia state parks, Amicalola Falls is the perfect place to eat a picnic lunch! Before you set out for a day at the park, pack a lunch to enjoy during your visit. With covered picnic tables and plenty of bench seating, there are a number of great places to pause for a break between hikes.     

4. Fish for Trout

Fishing for trout at the base of Amicalola Falls is another great thing to do during a visit to Amicalola Falls State Park. The stream at Amicalola Falls, like most Northern Georgia’s streams and creeks, is filled with trout. If you’d like to rent fishing gear for the day, make a pit stop by the park office to see if there is anything you might check out for the day!  

5. Go Geocaching

Another fun activity at Amicalola Falls State Park is geocaching. Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity that combines new technology with the old-fashioned fun of hunting for treasure. Simply bring a GPS or your smartphone, and you can spend the day looking for hidden caches all over the park. You never know what you might find!

Plan Your Visit to Amicalola Falls!

When you plan your visit to Amicalola Fall, be sure to book a stay in the best North Georgia lodging. Glen-Ella Springs, in Clarkesville, GA  is a luxurious bed and breakfast that provides each and every one of its guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Whether you want to explore the surrounding area, or simply want to admire stunning mountain views right out your bedroom window, Glen-Ella is the perfect place for you! We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so call us now to start planning the trip of a lifetime! To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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