The 729-foot Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi River. A paved, one-mile Base of Falls Trail begins at the bottom and climbs up the mountain while following the water’s edge. Overlooks and staircases with a total of 604 steps provide excellent views, and thankfully a few benches offer places to rest. Club members must hike this red-blazed trail to get their card punched. Amicalola Falls State Park is near Dawsonville in the middle of north Georgia. Overnight accommodations include a mountain-top lodge, rental cottages and campground.
Park volunteer Jack Fussell is proof that hiking waterfall trails can be good for both your heart and happiness. In 2002, he weighed 272 pounds and suffered from a bleeding ulcer. After hiking the Base of Falls trail several times a week, he had lost 86 pounds in nine months. Today he weighs a healthy 172.
For overnight reservations, call the Georgia State Park Reservation Center at 1-800-864-7275.
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