“A $5 Trek in Georgia”

I have been fortunate over the past 8 years of my tourism career to travel to some of the coolest cities. Some of my travels take me to big metropolitan cities, while others take me to some of the smallest towns in America. But one thing all of my travels have in common is that there is always a new experience. It’s those new experiences that continue to make an impact on my life, both personally and professionally.

And what I want to do is to start sharing some of those experiences with you, in hopes that it will inspire you to get out and see the world. Even if it is just a day trip somewhere – go to a new place and experience something new.


On my most recent work trip, I was in Dahlonega, Georgia (pronounced duh-lawn-iga) for the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College, learning and networking with some of the brightest minds in tourism. We spent close to 9 hours a day in classrooms learning about the industry, and how we can become better in our respective roles. In our free time, we were able to get out and explore the town. We could choose from a variety of group activities, like golf, kayaking and shopping. I chose to venture out on my own and see something that I don’t get to see on a regular basis – mountains.

I made my way to the Dahlonega Visitors Center, and the nice ladies there walked me through the scenic driving map of the area, and then showed me some other “must-sees” while in town. One of the lady workers told me that I looked like Usher!?!?! Turns out he was there a few weeks ago, filming a movie…but I digress.

Georgia is a beautiful state, and they have a list of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia” and one of those just so happens to be in Dahlonega. It is Amicalola Falls State Park.

I went there for one reason, and one reason only…to see the waterfall! This 729 foot waterfall sits atop of this 829 acre state park, and you can drive or hike to the top. I opted to drive, as it was hot and I wasn’t dressed appropriately. After paying the $5 entrance fee, I rode up the mountain side about 5 minutes to a parking lot. From this parking lot, I could take a 15 minute walk along a rubberized trail straight to the waterfall.

This is what I saw when I got there.

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The steps you see to the left are for the hikers, and start at the base of the fall and bring you to the top. After hanging out here for awhile, admiring the beauty, I got back into my car, and drove another 5 minutes up the mountainside to the very top of the waterfall. I was told that I when I got to the top I would see the most breathtaking views in all of Georgia.

This is what I saw when I got there.

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While I was focused on the waterfall, you should know that Amicalola Falls State Park is more than that. They offer lodging, dining and numerous outdoor activities – all on site. If you happen to be in the area, or just simply passing through, it is definitely worth the visit.

To see all of my photos from Amicalola Falls State Park, you can view them on my Flickr profile.

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