This past weekend we switched up things a little. We started the Friday off with Black Panther (more on this later) followed by finger licking Kolhapuri mutton cooked by a friend. But the rest of the weekend I wanted to spend time outside enjoying the Spring-like weather in Atlanta. We went out hiking in the woods on the East Palisades Trail on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The trail is within the city limits yet you will feel like you far away from the city. I have been on this trail twice and every time I come here I feel so calm. It is refreshing and makes for a great workout.
Then on Monday, we drove to Dawnsonville to hike the Amicalola Falls. I was excited to go waterfall chasing after so long. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in Georgia. Located inside the Amicalola State Park it gets the name from a Cherokee language word meaning “tumbling waters”. The state park also serves as an access point to the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian trail extends between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. On an average, the hike takes 5-7 months to complete.
For us, it was the day hike up to the waterfall. We took the East Ridge Trail that meanders through the forest up to the top of the falls. On a clear day, you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains as you gain elevation.
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The highlight, of course, is the Amicalola Falls! The sight and sound of a waterfall are one of the best things in the world.
On the way back, we took the New Appalachian Approach Trail which is the park’s most popular and scenic trail. It follows the creek and waterfall on a series of steps. The journey down the stairs is strenuous but it offers an unobstructed view of the waterfall. If you are not in good shape to hike, I recommend taking the stairs one-way while going down. It was easy getting down the stairs but my calves were sore afterward. My friend’s kids who are under the age of 5 managed to complete the hike on their own so it seems to be a manageable hike for the entire family. Overall, it was a beautiful day, the fog added so much mystique and drama to the setting.