Height: 729 feet*
Trail Type: Rubber (REALLY!)
Hike Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Amicalola Falls is listed at over 700 feet, but I have a hard time believing that. It’s possible that number is figuring the total distance from the top of the falls down the entire slope like Crabtree Falls in Virginia, because this isn’t a 700-foot continual fall. The main portion of the falls is likely in the 200 foot area, which is still really impressive.
From the intersection of US 76 and GA highway 52 in East Ellijay, head east on GA 52 for almost 20 miles to the park entrance road on the left. There is a $5 day use fee here, but if no one is tending the gate, you’re on the honor system. Take the first left and climb the steep mountain road to the parking area on the right.
The trail begins at the end of the parking area and is made entirely of recycled tire rubber. This makes for a unique walking experience because the trail is stable and firm, but also slightly cushioned and bouncy at the same time. The trail descends gently to a wooden footbridge in front of the falls, giving you an up close and tall view of the main portion of the falls. The trail continues down hundreds of steps down the mountain and back to the visitor’s center at the bottom of the mountain.