Amicalola Falls

My last trip to Amicalola Falls was November of 2010. Seven years is quite awhile. Back then the trees were ablaze in vivid hues of orange, yellow and red, a tribute to Autumn. Tourists were not abounding as they were today. Fishermen with children were not flying reels every which way. Needless to say, four months make a difference when visiting North Georgia.

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Super tall. This was taken at the middle of the falls. West Ridge Falls Access leads here.

In 2010, I only made it as far as the Reflection Pool. The bottom is obviously not the place to start. This time, I headed up the road across from the Visitor Center, per their advice. Here is a similar map to the one handed to me.
The first parking area to the right is the place to stop. West Ridge Falls Access is a .3 Mile hike on a recycled tire rubber trail (really makes for a pleasant walk) leading straight to the middle of Amicalola Falls. A bridge greets visitors and the view down is a steep drop. How fresh is the air so removed from civilization.

Getting back on the road, the next parking place to the right is a large spacious area with a trout preservation space and many wooden walkways. Falls Overlook is the destination to see the top of Amicalola. Surprisingly, the view was unlike what I expected. Only a few feet of waterway shows as the water plunges over (maybe due to the fact that Amicalola is the highest falls in Georgia with a 729-foot drop). What is truly spectacular is the scenic mountains ahead.

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The small orange/red dot is a person standing towards the middle of the falls. Shows the heights well.

DSC_0696 (4)In memory of my last trip, I paid a visit to the Reflection Pool. The trees were a deep green. People milled around making the place seem smaller. Too many were in view to take a picture of nature alone. It’s a give and take experience. The warmer weather made for a nicer walk, but the seclusion of before was missed.

Amicalola Falls