Amicalola Falls State Park is located just a little over
an hour North of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains.
Like most Georgia State parks, it features a many activities
and attractions. At 749 feet, the park's waterfall is,
according to the state of Georgia, the tallest cascading
waterfalls East of the Mississippi river. Fishing in the
trout pond is popular, and there is a very nice playground
and visitor's center with lots of local wildlife on display.
Amicalola also features two lodges. The first, accessible by
car, features all the modern amenities including a
restaurant. The second Lodge, the
Len Foote Hike Inn
requires a 5 mile hike to
reach, but it's guaranteed to be a visit you won't soon
Amicalola Falls State Park is
also the access point for the Southern end of the
Appalachian Trail. Hikers often stay in the park on the
first night of their journey.
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Entry Date: April 2007
Amicalola Falls is a pretty spectacular site, but at their
age, the kids seemed to enjoy the playground more than the
view. As with most Georgia state parks, the campground is
absolutely awesome. The sites were level and had built-in
wooden retaining walls and railings that made our site like
a self-contained outdoor room. It was great for the kids!
For those of you that don't enjoy camping, there are
cottages and a big lodge with all those "city folk"
Saturday morning we made the short walk to the top of the
falls and enjoyed the view, but the weather wasn't looking
too promising and the kids had gold fever, so we headed for
Dahlonega. It's only a short 20 minute drive from the park.
First we hit the
Dahlonega Gold Museum which is located in the oldest
courthouse in the state of Georgia. We looked at some really
cool old mining equipment, watched a video, then headed for
lunch at the "world famous"
Smith House. One of the coolest things about the Smith
House (besides the food) is the old mine they found (in
2006) hidden below the floor for over 100 years. Apparently,
mine owners were taxed for their mine shafts, so this smart
home owner decided to hide his under the house.
After lunch we
headed for the
Consolidated Gold Mine Company for a tour, gem grubbing,
and gold panning. The gem bags are "enriched" for the
entertainment of the kids, but the gold panning is for real
(I think). Altogether, I figure the gold we got from
panning cost us about $18,000 an ounce.
By the time we
finished at Consolidated Gold Mines, it was late in the
afternoon and the weather was really looking bad, so we
headed for home (after watching the gopher near the parking
lot for a few minutes). In summary, the weekend was shorter
than we'd hoped for, but in all, it was a good experience
and a lot of fun, and that's what it's all about.
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Georgia's State Parks website is very well done. Could use
more pictures of campsites and amenities. Making
reservations is a breeze!
24 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites (**$25-$28) - No full
hookups. Beautiful campground with a very steep approach.
Limited to 24 sites with electric and water only.
Lodge & Conference Center (**$75-$200)
Hike Inn ($70-$97)
The kids loved the playground. Could be more variety.
The Appalachian Trail begins here, so...
It's a nice visitor center, lots of wildlife exhibits.
Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
There is plenty of rock hounding in the immediate area.
Dahlonega is also very near and features commercial gold
panning and rockhounding. we visited the
Consolidated Gold Mine Company.
Len Foote Hike Inn,
Dahlonega Gold Museum,
Consolidated Gold Mine,
Smith House Restaurant,
Appalachian Trail, etc. With Dahlonega and the Chattahoochee
National Forest so close, it is unlikely you will be looking
for something to do.
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**Accommodation pricing is based on 2010 http://gastateparks.org
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