My friend and I got up early and drove a little over two hours to Dawsonville, Georgia, where the falls are located. Along the way, we passed Burt’s Pumpkin Patch and stopped in to look at all the pumpkins. Because it was still early in the season, we didn’t get to go on a hayride or have funnel cakes, but we were able to walk around and see the surprisingly large selection of pumpkins and squashes.
After that, we made our way to the visitor’s center for the waterfall and began our hike. I believe the trail we hiked up to the waterfall on is the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, a trail stretches 2,108 miles from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Mountains. I did not realize it at the time, but according to Wikipedia, Amicalola Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the state of Georgia.
The first written account of the falls was by William Williamson, who was exploring the area seeking land to claim in the Sixth Georgia Land Lottery. Williamson wrote:
In the course of my route in the Mountains I discovered a Water Fall perhaps the greatest in the World the most majestic Scene that I have ever witnessed or heard of the Creek passes over the mountain & the fall I think can’t be less than Six hundred Yards. The Mountain is at least three fourths of a mile high. I made great exertions to get on the summit but the ascent was so great that I was completely exhausted by the time I reached half way. My position was such that I had a perfect view of the entire Fall The Steam is Called Um-ma-eolola from the Fall (Tumbling Waters).
Once we got closer to the top, there were several great lookout views along the trail.
Looking cute after huffing and puffing and dripping sweat isn’t really my forte but at least I didn’t fall off of the mountain. 🙂
After hiking up what I believe the lady with us said was 2.5 miles, we climbed down 425 stairs back towards the parking lot and base of the waterfall. Our legs were shaking so hard that it probably looked like we were doing some weird kind of dance, so we sat and rested for a little bit and then found our way back to the visitors center.
On the way back home, we planned out more adventures to take every Tuesday through mid-October, so God-, parents-, calendar-, and wallet-permitting I’ll have a new adventure post up for y’all every week! 🙂 I was so tired after this that when trying to explain one of my ideas–to go to an aquarium–I called it “a museum for fish”. That’s probably a new low in terms of tiredness levels for me, but we had a really good laugh out of it!
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