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Amicalola Falls Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
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Reviewed April 3, 2009

We went to Amicalola falls state park in mid March For a long weekend. We had originaly planed to stay just one night and travel south to callaway gardens the second night but upon arriving at the Lodge and seeing the wonderful view and beautiful surroundings my wife quickly voted to stay the entire time there. The Lodge is very well run for a state run property and the surrounding park has a lot of what we were looking for in the way of day hiking (The AT trail starts it 1,000"s + mile journey via a connecting trail 8 miles away) The High lite of the park is one of the larger water falls in the east and the well kept trails that get you up close . The trails offered are from easy to mid/stren with a unique 600 step set of stairs that climb from the bottom of the falls to the top. For those inclined the is a road that ends at the top with a mid point parking for a ADA access trail to bottom viewing area . The Lodge is situated at the top of the falls and all rooms offer fantastic wide ranging views from their large picture windows. There is also a resturant on site offering an all u can eat buffet for around $10.00 dollars with the same fantastic view . The food on our first night was basic mediocre but on the second night was very good (Saturday ) They do offer Beer and Wine for consumption in the lower lodge.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

My husband and I just returned from a two-night stay at the lodge. The facility was very clean and very quiet -- despite the number of wound-up, happy children staying there. We never heard a peep once we were in the room...and we were about five rooms down the hall from the gift shop.
This place is a bit out of the way, not particularly hard to find but expect at least a 30 minute drive to restaurants and other facilities. The buffet on-site was fine and reasonably priced (I think it was $10.95 for dinner), but it is a buffet. Some things got dried out under the heat lamps.
The service was excellent at the restaurant. The front desk staff were a little slow in checking in people but that could have been a computer problem or something complicated with the group ahead of us. Not a major complaint.
The restaurant, lobby, and rooms face the mountains -- quite a view as the place is on the ridge. An outdoor patio has chairs to enjoy the sunset.
The rooms are in need of a facelift in some areas. The beds are very comfortable and the linens seemed fairly new, but some of the wood furniture was scratched, the wallpaper was stained and starting to peel in places around the sink, and the plumbing is functioning but definitely has some age on it. The operable windows worked once (they got stuck open in the middle of the night, of course). Hopefully the Georgia Park Service will get the funding they need to do some sprucing up. For us it wasn't a big deal as long as it was clean, which it definitely was.
We really could have used a room safe. We were provided with a free paper every day and in-room coffee maker.
Warning in case you want to book a cabin: the cabins labeled "at the base of the falls" means across the main access road from the visitor's center. This is a very busy place and a far cry from a "wilderness experience". There is a nice looking playground next to the visitor's station, though, so they are not all bad for familes with kids. The upper cabins look very nice from the outside (they are in the woods), and we will try to stay there next time as we both enjoy cooking.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2008

Hubby and I spent three nights at the lodge this past week. We were in a jr. suite, with sitting room and a lovely balcony. We watched the sunset over the mountains in the evening from our balcony. The tree outside our window came equipped with a mama robin and her nest of eggs. How considerate! ; )

The staff was friendly and helpful. For a state-run lodge, this one seems to be above the norm. Clean, spacious, and beautiful. Dawsonville Premium Outlets just 18 miles down the mountain, too.

Only negatives: weak WiFi and reheated buffet in the restaurant. HINT: Head to Blue Ridge and try the Great Eats deli! Super food!

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

We were in town for a wedding a needed a place close to the ceremony.
The State Park is breath taking and the Lodge is located at the top of the hill, looking out over the park. We stayed in the spring, but I bet a late fall stay would be pretty, with all the fall leaves!
We stayed in a Loft room, which had a full bath, queen size bed and a full size bed up in the loft. Plenty of room.
The Lodge was super clean and decorated like a typical lodge.
Every room looks out over the valley!!
If you manage to stay at the Lodge you can't leave without walking to the FALLS! The view from the top is amazing. We walked down the 400+ steps and enjoyed every step down. Walking back up was a workout, but it was worth the trip!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2008

Okay, here is the 411 for this park...Amicalola Falls (the actual waterfall) is great, I loved it, however there were a few problems we had while we stayed at the park. We stayed on campsite #4 March 24-March 29, 2008 and set up an 8 (just 2 of us but we loved the extra room) person tent with a screen in porch area. The first night we were there, racoons opened the latches on our coolers and tore into about 1/2 of our food supply. I didn't realize what happened until the following morning when I saw Doritoes chips crumbs on top of the cooler and on the ground. I opened the latch to see that raccoons had opened up the cooler and eaten some of the food we had. We had problems with them several nights so I kept the food in my truck toolbox for the rest of the week.

*KEEP YOUR FOOD EITHER IN YOUR TENT, IN YOUR VEHICLE, OR DUCT TAPE THE COOLERS SHUT*

The second problem we had was with a family that brought a chihuahua along for the trip and decided to camp beside us at campsite #3. The left the chihuahua tied to the railing for 2 hours while it was raining and the dog WOULD NOT SHUTUP! I called the lodge and told them the situation and they promised to have someone come immediately. After 2 more phone calls and an hour later, the park manager came out and took some notes and that was about it. Luckily the family arrived shortly after and the dog stopped barking.

The park is 18 miles from Dahlonega, GA, where they have a Taco Bell, Chick Fil A, and a Super Walmart. We enjoyed going to Consolidated Mining Company (beside Walmart), where we panned for precious gems and even gold. Prices range (We did a 3 gallon gem bucket for $30 and a 1 gallon gold bucket for $26). It was me and my fiance' who went on the trip and the mining lasted about an hour for each activity. The Dahlonega square is also a good place to go shop. One store is a Vera Bradley retailer and my fiance' loved that. Also, do not eat at the small mexican restaurant near North Georgia College and State University (just down the street from the Dahlonega Square). The food was AWFUL. A regular Taco tasted like pizza and it made us both sick afterwards.

Dawsonville is 13 miles in the opposite direction with a Super Walmart and an outlet mall that has stores such as Nike, Polo, Lucky, Burberry, Big Dogs, Nautica, etc. A good place to go for the afternoon.

If you do decided to go gold mining and gem mining, my advice would be to stay away from Crisson Gold Mining in Dahlonega. Two words: RIP OFF!!! We decided to do the gem mining in a 5 gallon bucket for $12 and we walked away with small rocks and could not tell what they were. If you go, stick to Consolidated. They are nice, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Let's see what else, be prepared for winding roads! Even though the sign says 13 or 18 miles, it may take you 45 or more because of the steep hills and winding roads. The closest gas station to the park is in Dawsonville and is at least 10 miles away. Nothing closer. We got gas there today, I believe it was a Chevron for $3.15. We got ourselves a little lost outside of Ellijay one afternoon and as we were entering Dahlonega from the opposite end of town, we were forced to buy gas for $3.70 at a small mountain store. Look for gas prices!

Overall, we had a decent trip. I'd rate it 2 out of 5 stars. Besides the raccoon problems and cold-rainy weather, it was an acceptable trip for two 20 year olds camping at this park from south Georgia.

I have attached pictures below to show you the paw prints and mud stains from where raccoons tore open the ice chest and walked all over it. They even climbed into the back of my truck and tried to force open another cooler. Se pictures and DUCT TAPE your coolers as I have done!!!

You may contact me at marshall.hooks@hotmail.com if you have any questions or want advice. Thanks!

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed March 20, 2008

We stayed in a king room with a balcony -beautiful views! Room was a nice size and included a sofa. Very clean. Great food at the Lodge restaurant too! Nice place for a quiet getaway.

  • Stayed: April 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2007

Stayed Nov 15 for one evening at the lodge. Room 413. This room is a loft type room. Great place for kids to stay in loft. King bed was great for adults. The windows face the valley, great views. The room is not the Ritz but as a state property it is clean and comfortable. You get all the necessities you need. Ironing board, iron, soaps in push button wall dispensors, etc. TV w/cable networks & HBO. I could pick on the wear and tear of the room in general but this is minor considering it was very clean. It was very quiet at night. The price is reasonable compared to Atlanta prices. The restaurant morning buffet was ok but with some reservations. Some of the pastries were stale. The scrambled eggs were over cooked and a blender must have been used to scramble the eggs. They were not up to par. The rest of the buffet was ok. Of course this is cheap eats compared to the Ritz also. Would I stay here again? I plan on it. Next time I will stay longer, much longer.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Dr, Dawsonville, GA 1212
Location: United States > Georgia > Dawsonville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
Price Range: $135 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Amicalola Falls Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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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Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge
Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville

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