Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters." The beautiful falls plunge 729 feet in seven cascades. As one of the seven wonders of Georgia, Amicalola is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

The park consists of more than 2,050 acres of mostly hardwood forest surrounding the waterfall. All seasons are beautiful at Amicalola with an abundance of wildflowers in the spring and summer including dogwood, mountain laurel and rhododendron. The fall season offers brilliant colors in the autumn forest. The winter months hold a special magic as the deer and wild animals seek refuge in the park. The park adjoins the 741,000 acre Chattahoochee National Forest.

Amicalola Falls Lodge and Conference Center

The cascading waterfall and panoramic views of the Appalachian mountains are only two of the reasons why Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is a unique location for conferences, workshops, retreats and all types of group gatherings. A blend of outdoor resources, group facilities, guest accommodations, and friendly service is waiting to make every gathering a success.

Located on a high mountain ridge next to Amicalola Falls, the lodge has every meeting amenity required, plus a retreat-like atmosphere of tranquil beauty. Enter the three story main hall with its massive stone fireplace and stenciled wood floors and you'll realize that the lodge is a special place to gather where a relaxed state of mind enables your group to focus on the activites at hand.


(Click here for a view of the Lodge)

The 57 room lodge includes:


Located within the Amicalola Lodge, the Maple Restaurant, with its appetizing views of the countryside, serves delicious home-style buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable all-you-care-to-eat prices. Full service, on-site catering for banquets, receptions, hospitality and meeting breaks is available.


There are 14 one, two and three bedroom Cottages which may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a nice quiet escape. Some are nestled in the woods along Amicalola Creek at the bottom off the mountain, while others are set on the side of the mountain for a panoramic view.


The park offers 17 campsites located at the top of the mountain for those who wish an outdoor adventure. Trailers are limited to 17 feet due to the steep incline. Bath houses and laundry facilities are located in the campground.


The park provides 78 open picnic tables which are available on a first come-first serve basis. 5 covered picnic shelters are also available that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance.

Recreational Facilities


Hikers can enjoy nearly 3 miles of trails on the park plus the Approach Trail to the 2160 mile long Appalachian Trail. The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is 8.5 miles from the park at Springer Mountain and continues to Mt.Katahdin in Maine.


There is a stocked stream for trout fishing during season. Persons age 16 or older must have a valid resident/non-resident fishing license and trout stamp.


There are three playgrounds for children in the park.

Annual Special Events

There is a Naturalist providing special programs at the park year-round.

Nearby Attractions

Information and Reservations


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Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance for any park facilities by calling Reservation Resource at 1-800-864-PARK

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