Lodge Accommodations amid Forest near Amicalola Falls
One of the southeast’s tallest waterfalls, Amicalola Falls surges over a rocky precipice within Amicalola Falls State Park. The 729-foot cascade, whose moniker is a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters," is just a short walk from The Lodge at Amicalola State Park. Perched on a bluff overlooking the North Georgia mountains, the four-story lodge sits amid picturesque scenery with a trout-stocked pond and meandering trails through the Chattahoochee National Forest.
At the onsite Maple Restaurant, chefs prepare either a buffet spread or meals from a menu three times daily. Dig in while admiring views of the undulating mountains beyond the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. More views of the mountains await in lodge rooms.
Highlights of Amicalola Falls State Park
- See Amicalola Falls: At 729 feet, it's the tallest cascade in the Southeast.
- Take it easy on the the gently sloping 0.3-mile West Ridge Falls Access Trail, which has a great view of the falls.
- Trek up a mountainside on a massive staircase that leads to the top of a cliff.
- Hike from Georgia to Maine on the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail—the walk takes a mere 420 hours.
- Gold-rush history is on display at the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, whose collection includes a hydraulic cannon once used for mining and a gold nugget that weighs more than 5 ounces.