Tallulah Falls Travel Guide

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Tallulah Falls Things to Do

  • Tallulah Gorge State Park

    Tallulah Gorge State Park is a park in Tallulah Falls, jointly managed by the State Parks and Georgia Power. The park features a campground, interpretive center, and several hiking trails along the rim of the gorge and down into the gorge. Hiking in the gorge is limited by permits. Unfortunately, when we visited they weren't issuing permits due to...

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  • Crossing the suspension bridge

    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.

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  • Onservation point 9

    The last two points were nothing special. I think I forgot to take a picture at point 10 because it was really getting repetitive. But this is a good spot to admire the vertical walls of the gorge, and to contemplate rappeling down then. Perhaps on a cooler day.

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  • Observation point 8

    This isn't the best shot of the waterfall due to the smog, but its a pretty nice sight from this vantage point. You can see how narrow the gorge actually is and how the trees practically engulf the body of water that was successful in carving the gorge.

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  • Observation point 7

    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...

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  • North side trail

    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...

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  • Bridge across the gorge

    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...

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  • Observation Point 2: Tallulah Falls

    Observation point two is actually the first stop on the north trail since point one is located off a spur path that heads in the other direction. From here, you can see the falls and get a better view of the steep walls that surround the gorge.

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  • Hiking around Tallulah Gorge

    There are two separate trails around the north and south sides of the gorge which connect and allow you to walk around the entire area, stopping at various observation points. The trails are fairly well marked and the maps available at the visitor's center make the trails very easy to navigate.This photo was taken at observation point 1, which is a...

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Tallulah Falls Sports & Outdoors

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    by goingsolo Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    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.

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  • Below the rim

    Other than walking to the bridge, a permit is required for hiking below the rim. There are a couple of trails that are not well maintained and which are quite steep. It looked like fun, but you'd want the proper equipment before attempting to reach the bottom.

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  • Route to the bottom

    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.

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  • Tallulah Gorge Overlook

    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...

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