Saturday, September 1, 2012

Amicalola Falls State Park

Since the morning dawned bright and cool, we decided to take mom up to Amicalola Falls State Park for a picnic and hike.  The great thing about this state park is you can stay overnight in the lodge.  They have a decent restaurant and the views from inside are beautiful.  We arrived just after 1:30 pm and found a nice spot near the lodge to have our picnic.  We had packed sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, chips, chocolate bars... it was quite the spread. 

After we ate, we ventured into the lodge where they were just finishing up a discussion about the birds found in the park and Georgia.  I was only able to capture a picture of the owl.  What a neat bird.  How do I get one of these jobs?!

We then headed out to see the falls.  At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascade in the Southeast. The word Amicalola is Cherokee meaning tumbling waters.  When you park at the lodge, in order to see the falls, you have to descend 425 stairs to the viewing platform.  Down, down we went.  Once you get the bridge, you can keep going down another 175 steps to the bottom of the falls should your heart desire.  Of course, if we were there we had to see it all.

Going down was much easier than going up.  After several stops along the way, we finally made it back to the lodge and car where we collapsed in exhaustion and sweat!  It turned out to be a great trip and mom was able to see a bit of Georgia that she had not visited before.

1 comment:

  1. It would be great if we never had to climb back up the stairs.