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As soon as you step foot in Amicalola State Park, you'll realize why it is one of Georgia's most popular. It covers 829 acres of stunning, nature-filled, mountain wilderness in the Chattahoochee Nation Forest, with a lot of potential for outdoor adventure.
Amicalola State Park got its name from the Cherokee Indian word meaning tumbling waters, used in reference to the 729-foot falls that are located in the park, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. When you rent an RV Dawson County, the nearby towns of Jasper, Dawsonville, and Ellijay are also all worth a visit.
The visitors center at Amicalola State Park is a hive of activity. There is always something going on, from live, regional reptile exhibits to bird of prey demonstrations. This is the first place you should head when RV camping at Amicalola Falls State Park as you'll be able to learn more about the environment, talk to some local experts and pick up any trail maps you need.
It is not surprising that one of the most popular hikes is the one that takes you to the falls themselves. The Amicalola Falls Loop Trail is 2.1 miles long and will allow you to see some of the most scenic parts of the park. It climbs up a ridge, rewarding you with beautiful views, before winding down a series of stairs to the incredible falls. For those that are up to a bigger hiking adventure, the AT Approach Trail is 15.5 miles long, starting at the crest of the falls, it makes for a challenging day hike, so you’ll be thankful to head back to your comfortable RV rental.
For an adrenaline-fuelled activity, the park offers a zip lining adventure through the trees. The Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventure Tour will give you a bird's eye view of the forest below you as you feel the wind whip through your hair. The F4 Canopy Tour has been designed for little explorers. The Level 1 Tour consists of 9 ziplines that range from 75 to 1000 feet in length, as well as three suspension bridges. The Level 2 Zipline takes the adventure up a little further with an additional seven ziplines, some of which are over 2000 feet long and 350 feet high!
The state park RV campgrounds offer 24 wooded sites, which have plenty of shade and privacy. Be aware that the campsite is located at the top of a hill with a steep 25% incline to reach it. Sites are pull in or back in and come with a grill and fire ring, a picnic table, plus power and water. There is a clean and modern comfort station, plus laundry facilities and a dump station on site. With all these facilities located directly on the grounds of the state park, it is a very popular campsite, especially when the weather is warmer and on the weekends.
When the campground in the state park is full, or you fancy camping with an RV somewhere else, another good, local option is the Diamond Lure Campground and RV Park. Whether you are looking for complete hook-ups with cable and WiFi or primitive camping, the park has it all. Enjoy fishing or swimming in the private, 15-acre, spring-fed lake or simply relax surrounded by some beautiful scenery, the choice is yours.
There is so much to do in the area surrounding Amicalola State Park, and you really will be spoilt for choice. The Atlanta Motorsports Park can be a lot of fun, especially if you are brave enough to hit the tracks yourself. It is home to the world's most unique go-karting track, which had been built to Formula One standard and offers 43 feet of elevation change, meaning you will certainly have an exciting ride. You will be able to reach speeds of up to 55 mph. If actually racing is not for you, check out the calendar of events to see what is on, as being a spectator can be a lot of fun too.
Take a look at the mining history of the state at the Dahlonega Gold Museum when you camp in an RV near Dahlonega. The museum was created to commemorate Georgia and America's first gold rush and the mining history of the area. It is housed in the Old Lumpkin County Court House, which was built back in 1836, and is currently the oldest surviving county courthouse in the state. Inside you will find a huge range of artifacts, including gold nuggets, gold coins, gold panning equipment, and more.
One of the best ways to see as much of the area as you can in a short space of time is to take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Riders can enjoy a four-hour-long, 26 mile round trip through the forest and beside the Toccoa River, as well as some of the local towns in the mountains. Whether you are a train lover or not, this scenic trip will certainly not disappoint when it comes to views.