Tallulah Gorge State Park is located in north Georgia, just a two-hour drive from Atlanta. Tallulah Gorge State Park boasts 2,739 acres of outdoor recreational bliss. Originally the home of the East Cherokee and Yuchi Indigenous tribes, this Georgia State Park features a 63-acre lake, multiple camping options, a picnic shelter, its famous suspension bridge, playgrounds, and an incredible slew of activities to enjoy with your group.
Situated on the line between Rabun County and Habersham County, Tallulah Gorge State Park is home to a 1,000-foot tall gorge forged over time by the Tallulah River. The Georgia Mountains present sweeping views for the park's visitors and 20 miles of hiking trails, historic sites, and rock climbing (with a special permit).
Hiking Trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Hikers can discover a vast network of hiking trails throughout the park, including the challenging 2.5-mile Gorge Floor Trail (permit necessary) and the rim trails (moderate, South Rim Trail, and North Rim Trail).
The Shortline Trail is an excellent option for families and young kids, as it is a paved path, 3 miles, and rated as easy. Hurricane Falls is a 2-mile loop trail rated as difficult with a 1,099-step staircase to the gorge floor. If you are looking for a more strenuous hike, try the Stoneface Trail. This challenging 10-mile trail can be 15 miles long if you include the High Bluff Loop.
Suppose you are one of the lucky ones with a gorge floor permit. In that case, you can navigate through the boulder-lined Sliding Rock Trail to get an up-close and personal experience with Bridal Veil Falls and the Sliding Rock sliver of the park.
Things To Do
In addition to the 20 miles of trails at Tallulah Falls, this Georgia State Park showcases ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy the scenery. Visit the lake for swimming, paddling, fishing, and sunbathing.
A picnic shelter and picnic tables offer a prime spot for a picnicking break. Those who love riding two wheels can explore trails that are also for biking and mountain biking. Visitors can participate in educational programs, archery classes, tennis, rock climbing (with a permit), and geocaching.
Staying The Night At The Park
Suppose you are looking to stay overnight at Tallulah Falls. In that case, campers can choose from approximately 50 campsites at the Pioneer Campground, including RV campsites and sites with hookups, as well as three backcountry Adirondack shelters.
Important Information To Visit
If you plan on exploring the gorge floor, you can purchase a gorge floor permit at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center at the time of your visit. Be sure to wear enclosed shoes and arrive early as there are only 100 permits available per day. Be sure to check the website for the water flow levels and whitewater release schedule.
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