I'm actually terrified of heights, so I was shaking when I took this photo. The bridge is pretty steady though and doesn't sway. Well, not much anyway. But its worth it to get a little more up close and personal observation. Its also a good shortcut between the north and south sides.more
Most people do the entire north-south trail, which is about 3 miles total and an easy walk. On a clearer day, its worth it because you can see the gorge from different angles. On a hazy, swelteringly humid day like this one, they all start to look alike. It is the same gorge, after all. But you can get a better view of the gorge's walls from the...more
The south side trail has five separate observation points which give you different views of the gorge and the falls. If you're pressed for time, skip the first observation point and save yourself the 1/2 mile walk because there is little to see at that stop. Points 2-5 are pretty close together on the south side. From point 5, you can turn around...more
At observation point three on the north side, you'll find a series of steps leading to the suspension bridge across the gorge. The sign says there are about 700 of them, which sounds pretty daunting considering that you'll have to walk back up. But there are only about 300. I counted. Don't ask me why. It just gave me something to do while walking...more
The gorge walls are popular with climbers. A permit is required for any activity below the rim, so anyone climbing would have to register with the park service. Climbing is also restricted to designated routes.
The gorge is only about a mile deep, but its a steep and nearly vertical one at some points. A couple of trails venture a slight ways down into the gorge and are the preferred route of the casual visitor looking for something more extreme than the walk around the top or the bridge across the gorge.more
Driving along hwy 441, you'll come upon a sign advertising the best view of Tallulah Gorge. We all know road signs never lie or exaggerate, so its a good idea to pull over here. There is a side road that winds upward and leads to a pullout, which does offer some fine views of the attraction just up ahead. There's a small gift shop located here too...more