They had a last minute deal on the rooms and we decided to head up to Amicalola Falls for a one night getaway. The Lodge was easy to get to as it's on the state park grounds. I live in GA so we checked out a parks pass from the library & had free parking (though the Lodge will give you a pass for your remaining days with them.) The rooms are very basic & have TV, clock, hair dryer, iron/board & soap/lotion/shampoo/conditioner dispensers. They all have wonderful views as does the dining room & sitting rooms (there are 2.) The downstairs sitting room has a huge TV, couches & a few books people have left. Outside is a veranda w/rocking chairs for viewing the sunset. The breakfast buffet was southern food- grits, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits & gravy. There was also cereal, yogurt, fruit & a waffle station. There is a small loop trail outside and another trail (you'll have to ask at the front desk as it is not marked) to get to the top of the falls. My son played in the creek while we rocked on the swing up there. We drove down to the visitor center and walked all the way up to the top of the falls & then back down. There weren't a lot of kids & there was some sort of retreat (yoga?) going on while we were there. They had a birds of prey presentation on Saturday while we were there that was good. All-in-all, one night was fine to see everything Amicalola has to offer. The room was just OK (you ARE in a state park remember) but certainly showing its age. There's not a lot to do IN the Lodge (for kids) but the park itself is great. They also have a small playground tucked in the middle of the parking lot (well shaded.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High in the North Georgia Mountains is Amicalola Falls State Park home of Amicalola Falls Lodge. Named after the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters” Amicalola Falls is one of the most popular state parks in Georgia. The park’s namesake is the 729-foot falls: the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The park is also the start of the 8-mile approach trail to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail. The Lodge was built in 1990 by the State of Georgia, with 56 guestrooms in the main lodge and 14 cabins along with a gift shop, meeting space and a mountain view restaurant. The lodge rooms vary from standard hotel rooms with 2 double beds, loft suites that can sleep 6, to king bed suites with private balconies. The Lodge also is home to The Maple Restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Lodge rests on 829 acres with on-site activities that include stream or pond fishing, as well as more than twelve miles of hiking trails, several centering on viewing the spectacular 729-foot waterfall. Amicalola Falls Lodge features more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space that can host groups and social events consisting of up to 150 people in traditional meeting spaces as well as a unique outdoor veranda setting. The Lodge’s spectacular view, peaceful setting, and exceptional service make it a destination not to be missed while in the North Georgia Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville
- Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge