If Thanksgiving needs a little change of pace this year, consider an outing to Amicalola State Park in Georgia. This park offers a variety of experiences for the holiday. Handmade folk toys are on display and you can try your hand at old crafts such as butter churning if you like. These demonstrations of “living history” are displayed and performed at the park’s Lower Lodge Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving day. The Lodge also offers a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Reservations for the buffet are required so contact the park office at (706) 344-1505 if you wish to attend.
While hiking and camping are among the park’s attractions, the main attraction is the 729 foot high water fall. This is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and from which the park gets its name. The Cherokee Indian word for “tumbling waters” is “Amicalola”. Several trails lead up to the falls, the longest of which is 8.5 miles. It leads from the park to Springer Mountain, which is at the southern end of the famed Applachian Trail.
The Amicalola park is located 15 miles northwest of Dawsonville on Ga. Hwy. 52. Take Hwy. 53 west to Hwy. 183 north to Hwy. 52 east. NASCAR fans may recognize Dawsonville as the home of Bill Elliott.
The park address is:
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534
The park’s website has information for events all throughout the year. Driving directions can be found through this Google Map or Mapquest. Parking is $5.