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Hike Inn to Autumn at Amicalola Falls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola Falls   Hike: Hike Inn to Autumn at Amicalola Falls  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 23 2023  9:00 am >> Sat, Sep 23 2023 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 18 2023 7:31 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 22 2023 12:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce B.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


September 23rd marks the Autumnal Equinox. "Equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, ”night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length. For us, the return of autumn means cooler temperatures and great hiking weather!

Let's welcome autumn with a trek to the Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls. We'll do a 11-mile loop starting and ending at the top of the falls parking area. Elevation gain will be in excess of 2,000 feet, with lots of uphills and downhills throughout.

We'll maintain an average pace of 2.5 mph. We'll generally stay together as a group, with a few short hydration breaks, along with a lunch/snack break outside the Hike Inn. We'll plan to sit outside in the Adirondack chairs behind the Inn. They usually have some desserts, hot chocolate and coffee available. If you plan to indulge, please bring a cash donation for the hardworking folks at the Inn.

For those using the carpool, we'll depart from the Mansell Road Park and Ride at 7:30am. We'll all meet at the top of the falls parking lot a few minutes before 9:00am. 

The elevation gain, pace, and distance give this hike a difficulty rating of D4. If you don't have recent D3/D4 experience, this is not a suitable event for you.

Required Items to Bring:

 - Hiking shoes/boots

- Plenty of fluids

Recommended Items to Bring:
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 - Hiking poles

- Packed lunch/snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the top of the falls parking lot at Amicalola Falls State Park. The trailhead, restrooms, and falls overlook are located here. There are two levels of parking if the uppermost lot is full.

An approximate address for the park entrance is 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. See the top of this event description for GPS coordinates and a map link. Allow extra time if you're not sure where we're meeting.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $40.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle at Amicalola Falls State Park if you don't have a Georgia state park pass.

The Hike Inn usually offers complimentary drinks (and leftover dessert) to day hikers. The staff accepts tips in exchange for their hospitality. We will plan to eat our lunch outside.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.