Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Tallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features
in North America. Over thousands of years, the Tallulah River has eroded hard, quartzite
rock into a 1,000 foot deep chasm more than two miles long. The river drops almost 00 feet
in elevation before it joins the Chattooga River, forming the Tugaloo River. Five
major waterfalls are located in the bottom of the gorge: L'Eau d'Or, pronounced LaDore
(46'), Tempesta (76'), Hurricane (96'), Oceana (50'), and Bridal Veil (17').
Tallulah Gorge was designated a state park in 1992 and is jointly
operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Power Company
through unique public-private partnership. Located in the historic town of Tallulah Falls,
this 3,000 acre state park features may types of activities.
Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center - a 16,000
square foot educational facility with cultural, historical and natuarl exhibits, an award
winning film, classroom space, gift shop, restrooms and staff offices. The center is named
for a Georgia conservationist, counselor and educator who devoted 30 years of her life to
the preservation and wise use of natural resources.
Terrora Campground - 50 RV/tent sites may be
reserved or are otherwise available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 706-754-7979
for reservations. Confort station with hot showers are available.
Georgia Heritage Association Center for the Arts
- gallery includes works from some of the finest artists and craftspeople in the region.
Located on Hwy 441 beside the dam. Resident artists often demonstrate during operating
hours: 10am - 5:00pm Mon-Sat, 1pm - 5pm Sun.
Day-Use Area - picnic tables, 63 acre lake with
beach (swim at your own risk; open Memorial Day - September), 20 miles of hiking and
biking trails, and two tennis courts. Free permit required for gorge floor hiking and rock
Hiking and Biking Trails
Six trails are open to the public: North and South Rim Trails;
Sliding Rock and Hurricane Falls Trails with gorge floor access (2.5 miles round trip,
very strenuous, permits required); multi-use Stoneplace Trail for hiking, mountain biking
and backcountry camping (5miles one-way, moderate to difficult, permit required);
Shortline Trail (3-mile paved trail following Old Tallulah Falls Railroad Bed for hiking
and bicycling); and Terrora Trail (1 mile loop, moderate). Detailed information and free,
required permits are available at the Interpretive Center.
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North Rim Trail Overlooks - Access trail behind
Interpretive Center. Approximately 3/4 mile one-way, moderate, some inclines and stairs.
(Numbers correspond to map).
1. Best southern view into gorge. Oceana Falls is below, with Bridal Veil Falls at far end
of gorge. Tightrope walker Karl Wallenda walked from this overlook to his tower on the
south sim in 1970. Another aerialist, Professor Leon, made a similar walk from the north
to the south rim in 1886. Gorge depth 750 feet.
2. View of L'Eau d'Or Falls (French for "water of gold"), top of Tempesta Falls,
and Hawthorne Cascade and Pool. Gorge depth 350 feet.
3. View of L'Eau d'Or Falls, Hawthorne Pool, and 1910 remains of water compressor plant
used in building Tallulah Falls Dam. Closest overlook to the Interpretive Center.
4. Good view of Tallulah Falls Dam (completed in 1913) and upper portions of gorge. Gorge
depth 250 feet.
5. View of upper gorge and southern view of Hawthorne Pool and Overlooks 2 and 3. Gorge
depth 250 feet. Accessible by wheelchair from Day Use Area.
South Rim Trail Overlooks - Located on the opposite
side of the gorge from the Interpretive Center, this 100+ year old trail was destroyed by
a tornado in 1994 and rebuilt in 1998. Approximately 3/4 mile one-way, moderate, some
inclines. Trail is reached only by foot from the North Rim Trail or Day-Use Area. From the
North Rim Trail, walk past Overlook 5 and Hwy 441. Take sidewalk on bridge to stairway on
south end. Exit right down stairs, under bridge and up stairway. Trail begins at old
pavilion. You will pass Hurricane Falls Trail stairway which is accessible only with a
Gorge Floor Permit. Permits are free and available at Interpretive Center.
6. View of Hawthorne Pool, North Rim Trail overlooks 3 and 4, top of Tempesta Falls and
down gorge towards Hurricane Falls. Gorge depth 350 feet.
7. View of Hawthorne Pool, Tempesta Falls and Pool. Gorge depth 400 feet.
8. View of Hurricane Falls and Pool, "Devil's Pulpit" outcrop below,
Interpretive Center. Gorge depth 500 feet.
9. Hurricane Falls, Oceana Falls, Caledonia Cascade (600 feet), North Rim overlook 8.
Gorge depth 650 feet.
10. Caledonia Cascade, Wallenda north tower area. Bluff to far right is approximately
1,000 feet high.
Water Releases For Whitewater Boating
Whitewater boating releases are scheduled for first two weekends
in April and first three weekends in November, 8am-4pm. Permits are required for the 120
kayaking spaces available each weekend and can be obtained through Tallulah Gorge State
Park. Water volumes are 500 cfs on Saturdays and 700cfs on Sundays. Kayakers access river
below Hurricane Falls and can be best viewed from North Rim Trail overlook 1.
Aesthetic water releases of 200cfs are scheduled for several days
during spring and fall. Call the park for exact dates.
Activities & Amenities
Alpine Village of Helen
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Traveler's Rest State Historic Site
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Chattahoochee National Forest
Moccasin Creek State Park
Burton Fish Hatchery
Park Times and Information
Day Use Area: 8am - Dark
Campgrounds: 8am - 10pm
P.O. Box 248
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Camping Reservations: (706) 754-7979 or 1-800-864-7275
General Info: (706) 754-7970
A $4 daily fee or $25 annual parking fee is required. ParkPass is available at
Camping Rates: Tents $10.00, Trailer/RV $12.00
Georgia State Park Pass is not accepted at Historic Sites. A small admission fee is
required to view the museum and mound area.
Some information has been provided by GA State Parks Dept.