At 2 miles in length and about 1,000 feet deep, Tallulah Gorge has been called “one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S.” Park visitors have the opportunity to hike along rim trails to varying overlooks; hike the gorge floor, provided a permit has been acquired; or walk along a suspension bridge 80 feet above the gorge’s rocky bottom, a journey that provides views of the river and waterfalls. For those who want to want, or who have strollers or even bicycles, there’s a paved path that runs along a former railroad bed, and mountain bikers can also pedal a challenging 10-mile trail.
Tallulah Gorge trivia: Two tightrope walkers have crossed the Tallulah Gorge, including Karl Wallenda in 1970. In fact, the towers Wallenda used in his crossing are still on view today.
The history of this Victorian resort town is on display in the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, exhibits outline the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area, and an award-winning film takes viewers on a journey through the gorge. There are protected flora and fauna found in Tallulah Gorge, too: the Persistent Trillium, Monkey Face Orchid and green salamander. A gift shop is located in the center, as well.
North Georgia in Tallulah Falls, between Toccoa and Clayton
- Hiking and mountain biking on more than 20 miles of trails, including rim trails, a suspension bridge, paved path and even the gorge floor (Notes about hiking the gorge floor: Permits are required and, while they’re free, only 100 are issued each day. Visitors can get permits at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center before 4 p.m., or 3 p.m. DST. They’re not transferable and, on busy days, will run out early in the morning. Proper footwear – no flip flops or Crocs – must be worn to get a permit. Weather and water flow conditions may restrict access to the gorge floor. For more information, or if you’re going as a group, read through the gorge floor permit requirements on the park’s website.)
- A 1.7-mile, paved “Rails to Trails” path is available for biking or walking.
- Learn about Tallulah Gorge’s history and environment at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center.
- Ranger programs
To learn more about Tallulah Gorge State Park and to make a reservation, visit gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.
Park photo from gastateparks.org