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Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are some of the most common questions we receive on a daily basis. Please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions database before submitting a contact form.

Meetings and Special Events

I would like information on a celebrating a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or other special event in the park or lodge.

We can host your special event for up to 300 people! Please call 706-344-1541 or email us and we will be happy to contact you with more information.

I would like to hold a business meeting, business event or celebration, or team building in the park or lodge.

We can help you plan your meeting or event for up to 300 people! Please call 706-344-1541 or email us and we will be happy to contact you with more information.

The Maple Restaurant

What are the hours of your restaurant?

Our restaurant is open the following times:

Breakfast: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Lunch: 11:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Dinner: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

We are open 365 days a year. Please call ahead for holiday times and offerings.

Are you serving a buffet or a la carte menu?

Business demands cause us to vary our offerings. We recommend contacting the restaurant directly at 706-344-1521 to inquire about specific dates. Due to last minute changes we cannot guarantee one or the other.

Should we make reservations for the restaurant?

Reservations are not required for parties of 10 or less for normal dining dates. We strongly suggest you make a reservation if you are coming with a party or more than 10. On our busier holidays such as Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving, we highly recommend reservations for any number of guests due to high demand.

Do you offer alcoholic beverages at the lodge and restaurant?

We have a full Georgia state liquor license and offer beer, wine and various spirits.


What is the weather like this time of year?

Our weather can vary wildly in each season. We recommend checking the 10-day forecast for Dawsonville, GA, before your stay or using a weather history site such as Weather Underground to make decisions on what to pack prior to your visit.

Hiking & Adventure Activities

What trails are available at Amicalola Falls State Park?

We have more than 14-miles of trails available in the park. Stop by the Visitor Center when you arrive for a complimentary map and suggestions from our friendly staff.

How far is the hike to the waterfalls?

Depending on where you would like to begin we have hikes to the waterfall of .3 miles to 2.1 miles.

There are three ways to access the falls.

  1. You can hike from the bottom of the park up 604 steps, stopping at our viewing platform halfway to the top. From there feel free to go back down the stairs or take a nice walk in the woods with our East Ridge trail, which adds up to just over two miles in length.
  2. You can access our ADA access West Ridge trail which is constructed from recycled rubber materials and is only 0.3 miles in length.
  3. You can park at the very top of the falls and look over plunge point to see an amazing view of the valley and mountains beyond. You can walk down the stairs to the viewing platform and back up or exit through the West Ridge Trail if you have a separate vehicle waiting.

How long does it take to hike to Springer Mountain?

The hike to Spring Mountain is 8.5 miles from our Visitor Center. Depending on your level of fitness it could take from several hours to a full day to reach Springer Mountain. We ask that you please plan accordingly.

What is the Hike Inn?

From Wikipedia: The Len Foote Hike Inn is a sustainably designed and LEED-certified ecotourism facility located near the peak of Frosty Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Dawson County, Georgia, USA. The lodge is open year-round and is only accessible via hiking trails. Twenty rooms, a two-story central lobby, a dining room, a bathhouse, toilets, and a common room comprise the facility.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources owns the Hike Inn and it is operated by the non-profit Appalachian Education and Recreation Services (AERS) – an affiliate of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

For more information on the Hike Inn please visit their website.

Can you give me information about adventure activities at the park?

Please check out our Adventure Lodge Webpage to read more about available adventure activities. Please call 706-265-1969 for more information or to book your next adventure!

Miscellaneous Policies

Are dogs allowed in the park?

Well-behaved dogs on a leash that does not exceed 6-feet in length are always welcome in the park. We do not allow pets in the lodge and restaurant. We do have two dog-friendly cabins available for rent. All ADA trained and certified service animals are welcome throughout all public spaces in the park, lodge and restaurant.

Is camping permitted in the park?

Camping is only permitted in our campground, which has 24 water/electric sites and a dump station. The campground often fills with Motor Coaches, RV’s, and tents quickly. Keep in mind that there is a 25% grade driving to the campground. We do have a small AT Shelter behind our Visitor Center and it is first come, first served, and not available for reservations. Camping is strictly prohibited in all other areas of the park unless written permission is given. Visit our Campground FAQ Page for more information.

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