AMICALOLA RIVER TRAIL | DAWSONVILLE, GADawson Forest Wildlife Management Area Hyw 53 West Dawsonville, Ga
I’m going to let you in on a secret; that’s how much I like you all. Amicalola River Trail/The Edge of the World/ Fern City…it goes by many names, but whatever you call it, it’s awesome. This large outcrop of rocks makes the perfect picnic place, complete with swimming hole, rock slides, and all out fun. We’ve been visiting here for almost eight years, and it only gets better.
Follow directions on the address above to get to the parking lot, which now includes handicapped parking and easy river access. Viewing platforms are ADA compliant and are part of a trail system that extend from the parking area and existing platforms downstream to Edge of the World Rapids.
Please note this is a fee area (updated as of Summer 2022) – and here is the stinker: you need to have the pass before you show up! You can’t pay to park here.
Each person ( age 16+) must posses a valid hunting license, fishing license, or Georgia Lands Pass to enter this property. There is no kiosk to pay onsite, must be purchased online at: gooutdoorsgeorgia.com
The good side? There are not a lot of people here!
The trail is 2.9 miles long, but I’ve never hiked the whole thing. The rocks are the draw. From the parking lot, head down the stairs to the trailhead. You’ll follow the ADA-compliant boardwalk for about a half-mile (my best guess.) When the boardwalk ends, you can catch a spectacular view of the rapids from a small observation deck.
Don’t stop here. Follow the rough-terrain trail for a few hundred more feet. It will split, with the Amicalola River Trail following the top split to the left. You want to take the fork to the right in order to head to the boulders. It’s not easy…but I managed it with two small kiddos, a pack, a camera, and a lunch bag. If I can do it, you can do it!
Bring your swim suits, a camera, and lunch. Don’t bring alcohol; don’t ask me how I know this law. It was a costly mistake.
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