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

North Georgia is considered by many to be a mecca for beautiful waterfalls. The tallest natural cascade in the Southeast is none other than Amicalola Falls, just under an hour and a half away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn. It’s no surprise that visitors flock to Amicalola Falls State Park from all over to see this 729-foot wonder! Below, we’ve compiled all of the best ways to experience this natural wonder.

Hiking through Amicalola Falls State Park is just one of many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in North Georgia. The best way to ensure that you experience all of the area’s best activities is to download our complimentary North Georgia Vacation Guide! We’ve spent hours compiling all of our favorite restaurants, historic sites, and outdoor adventures to help you cut your planning time in half. Get your copy today!

How to Best Experience Amicalola Falls State Park

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 nine paths at Amicalola Falls State Park range in length and difficulty, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

2. Join the Canyon Climbers Club

This is one of four Georgia state parks that participate in the Canyon Climbers Club. Ambitious hikers can stop in at the Amicalola Falls park office and purchase a $10 membership card. Card in hand, club members then complete the Canyon Climber Challenge at each participating 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 waterfall and follows the water’s edge straight up the mountain until it reaches the top.

3. Pack a Picnic Lunch

Like most Georgia state parks, Amicalola Falls is the perfect place to indulge in a picnic lunch! Before you set out for a day at the park, be sure to 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.

4. Fish for Trout

Fishing for trout at the base of Amicalola Falls is another great activity to enjoy here. The on-site stream is brimming with trout, which makes for an angler’s paradise. If you’d like to rent fishing gear for the day, be sure to make a pit stop at the park office!  

5. Go Geocaching

Another fun activity to try at this state park is geocaching. This popular activity combines new technology (a smartphone) with the old-fashioned thrill of hunting for treasure. You’ll never forget spending the day discovering hidden caches all over the park. You never know what you might find!

Stay Near Amicalola Falls at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!Lodging near Amicalola Falls State Park

Now that you know where to find one of North Georgia’s best waterfalls, it’s time to book your trip to the mountains! When planning your excursion, be sure to book a beautiful accommodation at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. There’s no better way to end a fun-filled day of exploring than by cozying up in one of our private guest rooms!

In addition to high-quality accommodations, we offer premium amenities like a complimentary breakfast for guests! Our signature dishes like blueberry pancakes and two-cheese strata will have you feeling awake, refreshed, and ready to start the day. Our award-winning on-site restaurant also serves Instagram-worthy plates inspired by traditional Southern cuisine.

Book our Discover the Falls Package today and we’ll help you make the most of your visit! This package includes dinner for two, two hiking sticks, a hand-selected picnic lunch packed in a keepsake backpack, two aluminum water bottles, and trail information.

We can’t wait to host you!