Fall Hiking Spots: Amicalola State Park

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

After a great day at Sweetwater Creek State Park on Monday, I headed up to Dawsonville to visit Amicalola State Park on Tuesday morning. It has been a while since I watched the water coming off of Amicalola Falls so I thought it would be a good place to catch some early morning folks on the trail. It didn’t take to long before couples and families started hiking up trail and the 175 steps leading up to the falls. It was a little brisk as the sun hadn’t hit the sweet spot in between the sides of the hills surrounding the falls but it was beautiful, peaceful and quiet. My favorite part of the morning happened while I was at the base of the falls. As I was taking photographs of the falls I noticed 73-year-old Lee Edward Bohner hiking down from the trail. Long bearded and fast moving, I stopped Lee for a few minutes to talk. He and a friend were completing a 185 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. They had started at Fontana Dam in North Carolina on September 7th. As if this isn’t impressive enough Lee let me know that he had twice completed the entire Appalachian Trail, once in 2007 and again in 2011. By far the highlight of my morning!

73-year-old Lee Edward Bohner heads down the 175 steps leading from the base of Amicalola Falls to the end of the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

73-year-old Lee Edward Bohner heads down the 175 steps leading from the base of Amicalola Falls to the end of the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Sunlight filters through the trees along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Sunlight filters through the trees along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Domenic Antonelli (left) and his wife Jana walk the trail up to the waterfall at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Domenic Antonelli (left) and his wife Jana walk the trail up to the waterfall at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Flowers bloom along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Flowers bloom along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Eun Small walks up the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Eun Small walks up the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Magen Feehan pauses at one of the overlooks along the traill at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Magen Feehan pauses at one of the overlooks along the traill at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Flowers bloom along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Flowers bloom along the trail at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Graffiti marks one of the overlooks on the trail up to Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Graffiti marks one of the overlooks on the trail up to Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water cascades down Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water cascades down Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Sydney Dillard (left) takes a selfie with her parents Jason and Janet in front of Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Sydney Dillard (left) takes a selfie with her parents Jason and Janet in front of Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water cascades down Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water cascades down Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Water flows down from Amicalola Falls at Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

 

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