Amicalola Falls

During a spur-of-the-moment road trip, we decided to stop by Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia.  We stayed at the lodge, which was very nice!  The room’s view over the mountains was amazing.  There’s a restaurant at the lodge, and they definitely take advantage of the fact that the nearest store is forty minutes away.  Breakfast was a buffet… think “free continental breakfast” quality, complete with waffle makers and re-hydrated scrambled eggs.  For four of us, breakfast was over $50!  And my littlest kid was free.  Insanity.  But hey, it was food, and it was convenient.

We were watching the weather waiting for a break in the rain so we could head down to the falls, but it didn’t look like it was ever going to let up.  So, we decided to go anyway!  A little rain never hurt anybody.  I actually love to go to beautiful places in the rain because it’s way less crowded (We had the whole place to ourselves), and it can make for some very dramatic photos.  Being from Florida, there are two things we don’t see much (any) of: mountains and waterfalls!  This place was truly amazing.  Photos really can’t do it justice.  I would love to go back here when we have more time to spend on the trails.  The southernmost approach to the Appalachian Trail can be reached from here.  Some day!

I didn’t get a whole lot of photos because, well, my camera isn’t waterproof. 🙂

There was an old, upside-down car under the stairs. No clue how this car could have gotten here!
Sadie knows how much I love spiderwebs, so she saw this one and made me take a picture.
The view from the top of the falls.
There were sooooo many stairs! Over 400 for the first part and close to 200 for the lower part.
Such troopers. This little girl is tough!
Checking out the car under the stairs.

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