Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Dawsonville, Georgia is located 60 miles north of Atlanta and is the perfect escape for outdoor adventurers.
Home to the beginning of the Southern Terminus Trail, Amicalola Falls State Park is your gateway to the Appalachian Trail. Whether you are an experienced trekker or day hiker, Dawsonville provides a connection to the longest hiking-only trail in the world, ranging from Georgia to Maine.
The Adventure Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park offers ziplining, archery, survival skills, guided hikes and more. Deriving its name from the Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi (729 feet). The on-site Lodge features rooms with scenic views and an award-winning restaurant.
Five miles north of Amicalola Falls sits the Len Foote Hike Inn. Georgia’s only backcountry lodge is accessible by hiking a 5-mile trail. With an emphasis on conservation and sustainability, the Hike Inn provides rustic charm in a relaxed and beautiful setting that allows families to enjoy nature together.
If the challenge of a hunt is more your thing, Etowah Valley Sporting Clays & Game Preserve offers guided hunts for pheasant, chukka and quail or you can test your aim at one of their multiple sporting clays courses.
Feeling called to the water? The Amicalola and Etowah rivers and Lake Lanier offer a multitude of experiences including finding unique varieties of native fish. Paddlers particularly enjoy the Amicalola River rapids which range from Class II-IV+ and include the scenic Edge of the World rapids. Gear and guides are available locally from Outside World Outfitters and Appalachian Outfitters.
Contact the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development for a free visitor’s guide and for more information. Dawson.org 877-302-9271
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Last modified: June 7, 2020