Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail

Climb to the top of Amicalola Falls


This trail is the start of the Springer Mountain approach trail, which marks the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. This very popular hiking route goes from the visitor center to the top of the falls. There are many photo opportunities along the way looking out along the mountain vistas.

The first part of the trail is wooded and has several switchbacks to reduce the grade. About half way to the top the trail merges with a service road and continues along it for the remainder of the trail to the top.

Once your reach the top of the falls, you can descend down the massive West Ridge staircase with over 400 stairs leading down to the base of the falls.

This route is easier than hiking up the stairs from the West Ridge trail, there are warning signs stating that the stairs are strenuous.

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State: Georgia
County: Dawson
Latitude: 34.5578994751
Longitude: -84.2497024536
Length: 1.0 miles
Difficulty: 5
( 3.5 out of 5) based on 2 reviews
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User: Hugh Watkins Title: Scenic route to the falls Rating:
4 of 5
Date: Sat Feb-02-2013
Trip Type: Day Hike
Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail Report:

This is a short hike, but once you get towards the falls the stairs offer some challenge. The park is gorgeous and crowded in the fall but worth the trip.

The inn and dining at the top are also nice if you are going for a day trip or overnight.

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