This popular state park is the jumping off point for hikers headed to Maine on the Appalachian Trail as well as those hiking to Len Foote Hike Inn. The vistas at the lodge are worth the trip inside and there are great viewing decks where you can eat your own picnic or packed lunch. The Maple Restaurant is also inside. There are cottages and campgrounds. The campground sites are nice and roomy for RVs and the loops contain a covered pavilion and horseshoe pit. This is a hiker's state park with lots of trails from moderate to strenuous. The Falls are the real centerpiece with a set of stairs leading to the top which is incorporated into the AT approach trail. There is a also a small reflection pond where people can fish. I went in the middle of the week in the summer and it was not crowded but it is clearly a place that can get crowded due to its popularity. It's an easy car camp trip that gets you high enough in elevation to cool off a little in the summer but is not too far of a drive from Atlanta.
Beautiful setting right at the start of the Appalachian Trail. Campsites were spacious and well maintained. Showers have heaters for cold weather. We stayed 3 days to hike the AT Approach Trail which is a loop from camp to the HikeInn. 10 miles gave us a good sense of what the AT is all about! Check out the waterfall, the lodge overlook, and do some hiking!
This is an absolutely gorgeous park. As the gateway to the Appalachian Trail, the hiking and views here are incredible.
Very small campground, most sites were not level. There is water and electric, and a dump station. The Appalachian Trail approach trail starts here. The waterfall is pretty, with lots of views over the Smokeys. Ferns are everywhere.
This campground was much smaller than I thought it would be for an attraction as big as the falls and Appalachian Approach Trail, but it was lovely. The outer sites offered plenty of privacy and shade. Lots of cute little snails moseying along. The campsite is close enough to walk to the lodge to have a meal, but don't plan on supper at the lodge on Mother's Day. They apparently closed the restaurant down early. The staff was super sweet though and gave us a boxed lunch. After a peaceful night of rest at the campsite, we drove down to the visitor center and began the Appalachian Approach Trail. The waterfall view was great at midpoint, especially since it had just rained. It was 8.5 miles to Springer Mountain with lots of friendly people to chat with along the way. There were plenty of places to stop for a rest or to camp overnight. We decided to hike all 17 miles in one day and it was tough. Overall it's a beautiful place and we would definitely stay here again.
Beautiful views from high up on the mountain. Spectacular waterfalls and hiking trails. They also have a really nice restaurant and lodge at the top.
The road intro the small campground is a 25% grade that is incredibly steep. The road in the campground has a very steep hard left angle turn that is difficult to make for a large rig. In my opinion, this is a nice campground for smaller rigs and tent campers. We have a 36 TT and I consider this way to large for this campground. Prices also feel a little high for the campground.
The hiking trails are amazing. The falls are beautiful. It was very busy parking was a bit of a challenge but worth it. Will definitely go back.
Nice state park with good amenities. Loved the hike and waterfalls. Roads are extremely steep getting to the campground.
This campground is great for a range of campers who enjoy hiking or just looking at a beautiful waterfall. We planned a night here before starting a section hike on the AT. The short hike up from the welcome center let us know we were perfectly unprepared with backpacks over 40lbs.The next day the grounds keeper let us stow extra weight from our packs in the storage area so we didn’t have to hike back down to our cars.
The bathrooms were nice enough and warm in November. Also the area had plenty of firewood to forage if you didn’t bring your own. Unfortunately it had rained the previous day so we should have bought a starter log and firewood at the welcome center.
We were only there 1 night, but I could see spending a few days and enjoying the area. Very accommodating to tents or campers.