Amicalola Falls State Park {Georgia}

May 26, 2015



During our Memorial Day weekend roadtrip, we were trying to look for things the kids haven't done yet to fill the time between events. I found Amicalola Falls State Park. A waterfall! AWESOME! And it wasn't terribly far North of where we were staying.  Em loves all things magical and what is more magical than a waterfall! 
We planned to go early, mid morning, so we would have time to play Monster Mini Golf that afternoon. We grabbed breakfast to go and got to the falls around 10:30 am. The kids ate breakfast at one of the picnic tables right at the bottom of the waterfall. It was surprisingly cold considering we are used to 90* mornings in St Pete. It was 64* the day we were there. CRAZY! I didn't plan on the cold while we were packing up for the trip but luckily had a few small blankets in the car that the younger 2 used while walking around the park. 
If you go, bring some water. It is a long hike to the top. Halfway up the 2nd level, I guess you could call it, I ended up turning around with Garrett and Em. They were almost exhausted going up. It is definitely a hike! While we walked back down, Brandon went with Ben and Tierney to the top. Tierney said she about didn't make it herself. The babies and I drove up to the top to meet up with the others. Once we were there the view was amazing to say the least. Pictures and videos can not, at all, do justice to how far up you actually are. I would suggest this for any outdoor fans and anyone with kids that have magical imaginations. Em was in awe looking over the edge. I know she could not fully understand how high up she was but she loved it! 
I would love to go back to the falls once the seasons change. I could only imagine what it would be like in the middle of fall, with the crisp air and changes in colors. There is a lodge at the top of the mountain and an Inn towards the top which I want to maybe look into for another vacation.  I think its something we would all definitely do again! 

Does your family have a favorite waterfall?






































From the bottom. 


From the 1st Level of the hike.


Amicalola Falls State Park
Park Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM 
Fee: $5.00 parking. Annual passes available. 
Visitor Center Hours (Fall):  9 AM to 5 PM Mon-Wed / 9 AM to 7 PM Thu-Sun 


About the Falls: 
Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.  At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.

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32 comments

  1. A beautiful park. The town I grew up in has one very similar, right down to the rock waterfall!

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  2. Wow, that looks like such an amazing place to spend the day with the fam. What a great place for a hike!

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  3. I would absolutely love to hike to that water fall. What a reward at the end. I'd probably do the pathway, not the stairs though. ;)

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  4. What a beautiful state park. I love the family pictures near the waterfall!

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  5. I pinned it to my See the World board in case we find ourselves in Georgia :)

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  6. Oh what a beautiful trip! I love all your pictures. We have not taken my son to a waterfall yet. I'm sure he would love it. It may be a little tough to do a huge hike with him (he's not yet 2), but a smaller hike would be a lot of fun I think.

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  7. Looks like a fun hike. I love Multnomah Falls in Oregon.

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  8. I think that Georgia is such a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing this!

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  9. This looks very relaxing and a great time for families!

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  10. We were just here on our Spring vacation! SO beautiful! (Hiking to waterfalls is one of our favorite things to do on vaca!)

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  11. This looks so fun! Hiking is such a great family activity.

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  12. This park looks amazing. The waterfalls are my favorite. They are relaxing

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  13. Awww! Thank you for sharing your falls with us. It looks beautiful and perfect place for the family to bond and enjoy nature. I wish we could do that this summer too.

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  14. Waterfalls are magical-looking! I have been planning for the past couple of years to visit this waterfall located about 45 minutes from us which is supposed to be a lovely sight to see.

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  15. Such a pretty place. The waterfalls are my favorite.

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  16. Beautiful park! We are so lucky to have parks like this on the Pacific NW too!

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  17. That looks like an amazing place to take the family to. It's really an adventure for kids, especially with so many things to see. And it's not like they get to see a waterfall everyday, right? The pictures look great, just look at their smiles!

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  18. Nice shots! Looks you have a great time and fun! I would love to go there too.

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  19. My husband and my girls would absolutely love this park! As a homeschooling mom and would plan so many ideas for them as well!

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  20. wow.. This state park is amazing! I would love to visit, my kids and husband will love this place

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  21. At 700+ feet the waterfall should be frightening but it is not. Waterfalls are so majestic and remind me of peace and hope.

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  22. What a great view, looks so natural and colorful! In my family we often go to parks, and even camp sometimes. it a great opportunity to spend some time together free of technology.

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  23. That looks like such an amazing place to spend the day! What a great place for a hike or a picnic after a long walk!

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  24. The photos are gorgeous, looks like you all had lots of fun. Didn't know that Georgia had such a lovely waterfall.

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  25. Such a beautiful park & the pictures are good enough to expose the nature's beauty at its best. The water fall is quiet amazing as well & I am sure you must have had a wonderful experience with kids around!

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  26. This looks like it was so much fun and a beautiful sight to see. My family and I love waterfalls!

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  27. So glad you were able to see something like this. We have a lot of them in our country and it's an hours drive away from us. :)

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  28. This is the first time that I heard this place and I bet this is so fun. Love that place

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  29. WHat a way to spend time with the kids and nature! I love nature hikes and this is one of the perfect place to go to. The waterfall captured all the beauty of the place.

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  30. This looks like SUCH a gorgeous state park! We love finding beautiful spots like this!

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  31. What a fun trip! Your family is adorable.

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