At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls
is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, located in Dawsonville, Georgia
. It’s known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The word Amicalola is Cherokee, meaning “Tumbling Waters”.
Before the 19th century, there was little information about the waterfalls. The area was controlled by the Cherokee tribe until 1838. The discovery of gold in North Georgia eventually led to the forced removal of the Cherokee from their lands due to the Treaty of New Echota
. This was the beginning of the Trail of Tears
. The Cherokee had to give up their lands and migrate to an area now in present day Oklahoma.
In 1911, the falls were purchased by Georgia and a state park established in the area surrounding the falls.
The waterfalls are a stunning, natural beauty. The Amicalola State Park is one of the most popular in the state.