“Equiped with a natural waterslide!”
Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre (1,088 ha) Georgia state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties. The park surrounds Tallulah Gorge, a 1,000-foot (300 m) deep gorge formed by the action of the Tallulah River, which runs along the floor of the gorge. The major attractions of the gorge are the six waterfalls known as the Tallulah Falls, which cause the river to drop 500 feet over one mile (150 m over 1.6 km). Although Tallulah Gorge State Park was not established until 1993 under Georgia governor Zell Miller as a result of cooperation with Georgia Power, there were discussions as early as 1905 regarding the establishment of a park at Tallulah Gorge. Tourism intensified in 1882 with the completion of a railroad later called the Tallulah Gorge Railroad which brought thousands of people a week to the area. Additionally, when Georgia Power began building a series of hydroelectric dams along the original course of the Tallulah River, efforts to establish a park intensified. Helen Dortch Longstreet, widow of Confederate General James Longstreet, led an unsuccessful campaign in 1911 to have Tallulah Gorge protected by the state. Tallulah Gorge is bounded upstream by a hydroelectric dam operated by Georgia Power. Normally, the river flows much lower than the historical flow. Large releases of water are typically scheduled for kayaking and whitewater rafting on the first two weekends of April and the first three weekends of November. Additional aesthetic water releases are scheduled for weekends in the spring and fall to allow visitors to see what the natural flow of the river would look like in the gorge. Don't be scared, but this park was a filming location for the movie Deliverance.
This was the perfect stop for our young family of five on our trip from Atlanta up to Asheville. We wanted to take in the beauty of the landscape but not have to do a lot of hiking. This state park was on our immediate route. We asked the ranger what we could do with our young kids in a very short amount of time. He gave us a map and pointed to two nearby gorge overlooks. It was perfect! Just enough for us to take in the breathtaking waterfalls and depth of the gorge. I would love to come back someday and actually hike down into the gorge!
Wonderful day hike not for the faint of heart!
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I enjoyed hiking here! The views of the falls are spectacular! Great place to camp and see other parts of the forest.
Gorgeous and well cared for. Amazing waterfall views. We survived the stairs, but they weren't easy!
Our family loves going toTallulah! It's great for hikers of all ages and so fun for the whole family!! We can even bring our pets which is a big plus for us!! Love it here!
What an unexpected gem this was on our road trip to GA. It was taxing, and scary in some parts for a person with acrophobia , yet I did manage to cross the swing bridge and "I Survived The Stairs" too. Simply Gorges ;)
I went to Tallulah Gorge in February when the bottom was still too iced over to hike around on, so we ended up only getting to climb down the stairs and back up. I am not a fan of stairs, but it turned out to still be a nice day and a fun time exploring with my friends. I would recommend waiting until the weather is a bit warmer if you prefer to hike.
Beautiful hiking trails and stunning views. There are many different trails for those of all different experience level. The hikes to the different look out points though are quite simple. Standing at the look out points and looking out really makes you feel small! There are many different waterfalls that you can hike to and the more adventurous could kayak or tube through. I would highly recommend going to the visitors center and speaking with a ranger to plan the day based on what you will be able to handle.
We drove 8 hours to get here to see the Autumn leaves. It was perfect, and absolutely beautiful. The trails range from easy to difficult. Though it is not too much, just a lot of stairs. The views are fantastic, especially in the morning. To see most everything took us about 3 hours
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