AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK
It?s easy to see why this is one of Georgia?s most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning ?tumbling waters,? is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ? the tallest east of the Mississippi River. An eight-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys. A beautiful lodge is popular with guests who prefer hotel-type comforts over cottages and camping, while a 5-mile hike leads to more remote accommodations at the Len Foote Hike Inn. Be sure to stop by the park office to see nature displays, live exhibits and a gift shop.