Sunday, March 27, 2016

Trail Report: Tallulah Gorge

I made my first venture up into north Georgia to check out some of the scenery. I've been making a list of waterfalls I want to see and mountains I want to hike, and I chose Tallulah Gorge for my first trip.

Tallulah Gorge is a 2 mile long, 1000 foot deep canyon in northeast Georgia. There are six waterfalls throughout the canyon, fed by Tallulah Falls Lake. The lake was created by a hydroelectric dam. Like Providence Canyon that I visited last month, Tallulah Gorge is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.

Suspension bridge viewed from one of the lookouts

More information: Park page & Atlanta Trails page

I picked Tallulah Gorge because it offered hiking, waterfall viewing, and had a suspension bridge! The park was a little over two hours away from where I live. Visiting requires a $5 fee or the Annual ParkPass for Georgia State Parks. The Interpretive Center was informative and offered park maps.

Bridal Veil Falls

My family and I decided to hike the Hurricane Falls Trail. It's only about 2 miles long and includes the North and South Rim Trails, as well as the suspension bridge. The trail included most of the lookouts around the canyon rim. It was rated as difficult, but that was only because it includes over 1,000 stairs! The rest of the trail was easy.

Tempesta Falls

My favorite parts were the suspension bridge and the section of the trail that went down to the canyon floor and had a view of Hurricane Falls. You can get a permit to hike on the gorge floor, but they only give out 100 permits each day and they run out quickly.

Suspension bridge

Gorge floor

I would love to come back to Tallulah Gorge in the fall. The colors of the leaves would be spectacular! There is also a campground at the gorge, which would make it easy to get pictures of the gorge at sunrise and sunset.

Hurricane Falls
I love the color of the water!

Hurricane Falls

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Those are great! I didn't realize it was only a couple hours away, either.

    (and isn't that shirt comfy? I was wearing it yesterday)