Amicalola Falls


Overview

Amicalola means “tumbling waters” in Cherokee.   Amicalola Falls is located along the southernmost edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This area is known as the Piedmont Region.  Piedmont means “the foot of the mountain”.  Amicalola is the highest waterfall in Georgia.  At the highest point the water falls 729 feet into the Amicalola Creek which then flows into the Etowah and Coosa Rivers. 

 

Plant Life

The best time to visit is April and May because there is more water coming over the falls.  Both hardwood and evergreen trees grow in the Amicalola State Park, as well as dogwood, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and the rare pink lady slipper. 

 

Animals

Many animals make their home in Amicalola Falls. While hiking on the trail to the falls you might see pileated wood peckers which nest in the area and the Eastern milk snake.