Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Southeast. Water cascades down 729 feet to the bottom of the falls where visitors get a magnificent view. There are other ways to see the falls including an accessible pathway (great for strollers), Falls Overlook or do a complete circuitous hike from the Visitors Center to see the many facets of the falls. There is a Visitor Center that offers maps, live animals, Appalachian Trail display and a gift shop. There is a mountain-top lodge which is home to Maple Restaurant, offering fantastic views and meals including a Sunday brunch buffet.
There are 24 wooded campsites accommodating RV’s. At the top of a 25% incline, you will find each site is an easy pull-in or back-in site with water, power, grill and fire ring. There is a comfort station laundry facilities, restrooms and clean showers.
Choose from 14 cabins available in two locations: Wooded Mountain Top or Creek Side Below the Falls. Cabins are equipped with a full kitchen, heating and air conditioning, decks, fireplaces and satellite TV, and are available in 1, 2, or 3 bedroom arrangements. There are two pet-friendly cabins available.
NOTE: Check in services for campsites, cabins and picnic shelters are located at the Lodge AND the road to the campground is on a 25% incline.
Hiking - 12 miles of trails & access to Appalachian Trail
Carolina Beach, NC
Carolina Beach State Park is known for its carnivorous plants. The Flytrap Trail is the most popular and very close to the campground. There is a marina located within the park where there is a boat launch and kayak/paddleboard/bicycle rentals.
This NC State Park does not have an admission fee!
Carolina Beach State Park offers 70 tent/trailer campsites and 9 RV/trailer campsites. This is pretty much dry camping as there is no water hook-ups and although there are a few sites that offer electrical, they are hard to come by. Summers (as we can attest) can be downright hot so if you can't secure an electrical site, you may want to look elsewhere.
Remember, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
The park also has four (4) camper cabins located in the family campground (one is ADA). These camping cabins sleep six (6) in two rooms with a double bed and two sets of bunk beds. Each cabin has electrical receptacles and a heating and air-conditioning unit. Outside cabin amenities include a picnic table, charcoal grill and a fire ring. Drinking water and restrooms with hot showers are located nearby.
Boat Launch Ramp
Boaters Lounge Area (with free wifi)
Fort Mountain State Park is a mountain getaway for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. There are more than 25-miles of beautiful trails that wind through hardwood forest thick with blueberry thickets, scenic mountain overlooks and stream-crossings. Visitors can also take a short hike to visit the CCC-built stone fire tower (open Saturdays 1-4 pm)and an ancient rock wall built around 500 AD which is still shrouded in mystery today. During summer months, there is a lakeside beach to cool off from all that hiking.
The campground offers 70 sites with water and electric. Reservations are make through ReserveAmerica and are not site-specific.
Fifteen 2-bedroom, fully-equipped cottages are available for rent with a couple that are dog-friendly. You can also reserve cottages on ReserveAmerica.
Mountain Biking (trail fee)
Miniature Golf (seasonal)
Boat Rental (seasonal)
Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Hiking Trails (25 miles of trails)
Conveniently located within Unicoi State Park, this is a must-do for all adventurous families. Safety comes first so you can enjoy the park zipping through the tree canopy. The following tour is the tour we took and great for all beginners as long as they meet the age and weight requirements. Have a blast!
Level 1 Zipline Canopy Tour - Approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours of heart pounding FUN! This tour consist of:
11 ziplines that range from 75 feet to 400 feet in length
7 skywalk bridges & 2 towers
Heights range from 20 to 75 feet in the air!
You will enjoy a safari in the tops of very cool trees and zipping by the lodge with great views. Be sure to look for bald eagles, red tailed hawks, deer and our very cute raccoons.
$59 per person (current 2017 rate)
You must be at least 8 years old for the Level 1 tour. The minimum weight is 50 lbs. We reserve the right to weigh anyone we think may be under or over the weight requirements.
The maximum weights we allow are:
Ladies: under 250 lbs
Gentlemen: under 285 lbs
You must be able to climb two 65-foot towers and a 100-foot tower. You need to have good balance capabilities, be able to walk on uneven terrain, and have full range of motion in your upper and lower extremities. You must be able to control your speed of travel along the zip lines by resting your gloved hands on the pulley and cable systems. It is required that you are able to understand verbal instructions and to pull yourself along cables in case you lose momentum before reaching any said platform. You must be able to see our guides and recognize hand motions. This is not recommended for those with moderate to severe heart and/or respiratory difficulties, recent surgeries, second or third trimester pregnancies or those with moderate to severe musculoskeletal problems. This is considered a moderate to heavy physical workout!
Reservations can be made by visiting their website, calling or emailing them.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located in the mountains of Northern Georgia, just outside the Bavarian town of Helen. Convenient from Atlanta and centrally located to reach all the adorable mountains towns such as: Dahlonega, Hiawassee and Sautee Nacoochee. Unicoi offers many ways to stay and play. There is a comfortable lodge, rustic barrel cabins and of course, a campground. Being an Adventure Lodge, the offered activities can keep you as busy as you like!
Unicoi State Park and Lodge is a camper’s paradise. There are many campsites and arrangements to choose from including ADA sites, Buddy Hook-up sites, 30-foot and 40-foot RV sites and tent sites. Most sites offer at least power, water, fire ring, and picnic table. There are also full hookup sites! There is a dump station on-site. This is a pet-friendly State Park so your canine companion is invited to camp out with you; all dogs must be kept on a short sturdy leash at all times.
Want to try something different? Try a Squirrel's Nest primitive camping platform. Bring your hammock or a sleeping bad and sleep under the stars!
A range of size, style and location are available at Unicoi State Park including ADA accessible and pet-friendly cabins.
The 2-bedroom, 2-bath Smith Creek Cabins offer: full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, central heating and air, along with easy access to trout streams and nearby Anna Ruby Falls.
Barrel Cabins range from a 1-bedroom, 1-bath with a sleeper sofa to 2-bedroom, 1-bath with King and or Queen accommodations offers easy access to many recreation activities including hiking trails, biking trails, and beach access.
Deluxe Cabins are a 3-bedroom, 2-bath option with two king bedrooms, one queen bedroom, a sleeper sofa, full kitchen, cable TV, fireplace and more.
Trout Fishing/ Fly Fishing
Paddle Board & Kayak Rentals
GPS Scavenger Hunts
Zip Line Adventures