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“4 star lodging and dining at a 2 star price”

Amicalola Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Dawsonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home to more than 1,500 acres of mountainous terrain and the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed a week at Amicalola Falls State Park's lodge this past early summer. This park is about 1 hour north of Atlanta and can be accessed several different ways from all points of the compass. We had previously dined here at the Lodge for the previous 2 Father's Days. There are about 56 rooms with the majority of the rooms being standard double rooms with a limited amount of king rooms. We upgraded on the spot to a junior suite that was well worth the money. In addition to a king bed in a more private area of the suite there was a huge sitting area containing a couch and a table with 4 chairs, a microwave and a small refrigerator. The private deck/porch looked out over the mountains and it was breathtaking! Not all rooms have deck/porches so this was an added treat. Depending on the time of the year, the dining room offers meals either from a menu or a buffet. We were there just before Father's Day early in the week and the first couple of nights the menu selections were the only offerings. As the week progressed the chef opened the buffet for all 3 meal times - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet offerings are bountiful - all you can eat at one price - and they honor a senior adult discount! There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms so if you need to access WI-FI the best area is in the lobby area of the lodge or in the dining room. There are numerous trails and there is an access trail that will take you to the Appalachian Trail. The falls are great for photo opportunities and the Park Vistor Center down the mountain is one of the best that I have ever seen at a state park. One would never believe that the Lodge is a state park facility - it is extremely modern and is soon going to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation. There are also a numer of cabins that can be rented - some close to the lodge and others down in close proximity to the Visitor's Center. Car entry to the State Park is $5.00. This park is about 18 miles west of Dahlonega GA.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We have stayed at Amicalola 3 times now. Two times at the lodge & this last time in a 3 bedroom 2 bath cabin. The first 2 times we were there in the fall to experience the change of seasons & this last time over Thanksgiving. We have enjoyed every visit. The lodge & rooms are very nice & the staff so helpful & friendly. The dinning room at the lodge serves buffet style & the food we ate at every meal from breakfast to dinner was really good & the service was excellent. After eating you can take advantage of the many hiking trails or scale the stairs at the falls to work off those extra calories! The cabin we had was close enough to walk to the lodge. It was nicely appointed with a fully functional kitchen, a wonderful fireplace (which we put to good use with the cold nights!) and a nice screened backporch overlooking the woods & creek. We highly recommend this park & all its amenities & look forward to our next visit.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The falls are a magnificent sight. Nice walking trail made from recycled tires, very comfy on the feet. The staff at the visitor center was very friendly and helpful about the surrounding area. The property is well maintained and is also pet friendly. There are picnic tables at several locations so pack a lunch and enjoy this natural beauty.
Please don't go to the lodge near the top of the falls it will ruin your trip find somewhere else if you need to lay your head down or fill your belly.

Thank SWFl0rida
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Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here on our way back from Ellijay. The falls are stunning. Make sure you take the creek trail up and the east trail back down so you see the most of the falls. Quite a few steps. Very well kept up trails and visitor center. I highly recommend it. $5 entry fee per car.

Thank GregTrav28
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

The falls are absolutely lovely. Postcard worthy. Great mini-adventure for families with children. Even though we arrived late in the evening around closing time for the Gift shop/Mini museum maintained by Rangers, the Rangers still engaged my nieces and nephew with entertaining tidbits about the area and its native animal occupants. The Rangers even allowed them to pet several snakes. If staying at the hotel there and are traveling in more than one vehicle, I would suggest any tired family members drive up to the hotel allowing other family members to walk up the trail adjacent to the falls which terminates at the hotel. My thoughts are the trail is to strenous for young children or elders to make both the trip up and down the trail or vice versa. Non-polluting trail snacks to munch on ascending or descending the trail are a good idea. Visually the hotel looks wonderful albeit a little worn and the outside lower deck veranda was a nice place to sip wine, watch the kids run around (careful with the kids), and enjoy the view. Our hotel room view was crystal clear, relaxing, and we enjoyed waking up to the hills while watching birds coast in the sky. We also enjoyed the home like, basic, non-fussy hotel food and everyone was very accomodating. My only disturbing issue-our bathroom was less than clean, however environmental services cleaned it immediately but I did not see her wearing gloves as she was cleaning the bathroom.

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