Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-754-7981
Campground Office 706-754-7979

HIKING & WATER RELEASE NOTICE: Due to dam maintenance by Georgia Power, gorge floor permits are suspended and whitewater/aesthetic water releases have been canceled for spring. Hikers may still go to the suspension bridge and viewing platform. We apologize for the inconvenience.

CLIMBING NOTICE: Rock climbing is temporarily closed to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Climbing is expected to resume this June once the chicks fledge. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars to look for the nesting raptors. Peregrine Falcons have been active in the gorge the last several years. In 2015 it was the first time in nearly 80 years that a Peregrine Falcon nested in a natural setting in Georgia.

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» Hiking Notice:
› For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on the gorge floor or on any trail accessing the gorge. Leashed pets are welcome on rim trails.
» Gorge Floor Permits:
› Free permits are required to access the gorge floor and can be obtained at the Interpretive Center. Visitors must wear proper footwear—no flip-flops or Crocs. Permits will not be issued after 4 p.m. (3 p.m. during daylight savings time).
Permits limited to 100 per day. On busy days, permits often run out early in the morning. Permits are not transferable.
› Groups of 20 can get permits on Saturday and Sunday only. Groups of 30 can get permits Monday through Friday only. To protect the natural resource, no groups larger than 30 are allowed.
› Weather and water flow conditions can restrict gorge floor access.
"Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring beauty or daring adventures with a glimpse into the past at Tallulah Gorge State Park, where the Tallulah River flows through rugged terrain to carve a complex 1,000 foot geologic formation and five spectacular waterfalls which provide habitat for many unique species."

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10-mile trail.

Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. The persistent trillium, monkey-face orchid and green salamander are protected species found within the gorge. An award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge, including footage of rock climbers and kayakers. A gift shop offers snacks, jewelry, toys, books, walking sticks, clothing and more.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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Park Hours:

8 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 2,739 Acres
• 50 Campsites
• Pioneer Campground
• 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters
• 63-Acre Lake
• 2 Picnic Shelters
• Visitor Center
• Swimming Beach
• Suspension Bridge
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases — 2017 dates listed below
• Hiking — 20 miles of trails
• Canyon Climbers Club
• Mountain Biking
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Bicycling — 1.7-mile paved "Rails to Trails" path
• Flying Cloud Café Food Truck¬†—¬†weekends during the summer
• Swimming
• Fishing
• Archery
• Picnicking
• Ranger Programs
• Tennis
• Geocaching
• Kayaking
New! 2 Playgrounds

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
Chattahoochee National Forest
• Chattooga River
Dahlonega Gold Museum
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Southern Highroads Trail
Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Water Flow:

On a typical day, the water flow through the gorge is 35-40 CFS (cubic feet per second). During aesthetic releases, the flow is 200 CFS, & during whitewater releases, the flow is 500 CFS on Saturday & 700 CFS on Sunday.

2017 Water Release Dates:

Whitewater Boating Weekends

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
(500–700 cubic feet per second)
Water thunders through the gorge as kayakers challenge their skills & spectators watch from the rim. Hiking & rock climbing in the gorge are not allowed on these dates.
November 4 & 5, 2017
November 11 & 12, 2017
November 18 & 19, 2017

Aesthetic Water Releases

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
(200 cubic feet per second)
This water flow is less than the whitewater releases but much more than the regular flow of water through the gorge. Hiking & rock climbing in the gorge are not allowed on these dates.
May 20 & 21, 2017
September 9 & 10, 2017
September 16 & 17, 2017
September 23 & 24, 2017
October 4 & 6, 2017
October 11 & 13, 2017
October 18 & 20, 2017
October 28 & 29, 2017

Hunting:

During deer hunting season (September 11–January 1) Stoneplace Trail permits will not be issued until after 10 a.m. & hikers/bikers are encouraged to wear reflective orange.

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Senior Ranger Wednesdays
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Join us to learn more about Tallulah Gorge and the great outdoors. Each day will focus on a different topic, including geology, the history of the area, wildflower and tree identification, and birding. Please dress for the weather. Call to reserve your spot. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 9 PM to 11 PM
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 8 or older.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:20 PM to 9:50 PM
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8:10 PM to 9:40 PM
Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 9:15 PM to 10:45 PM
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Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Call to register.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Twilight Paddle
Sunday, May 14, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
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Join us for a relaxing, ranger-led paddle around Tallulah lake as the sun sets. This is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 8 or older.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Women's Wilderness Weekend
Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ladies ages 16+ join us for a ranger led, overnight adventure packed with fun. Activities include archery, hiking, primitive backpack camping, campfire cooking, birding and paddling. Bring camping gear, water, snacks, good hiking shoes and binoculars if you have them. No pets allowed. Call to register. Click for schedule.  $75 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Sunset Hike
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
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Join us for a ranger-led hike to our highest point in the park to watch the sun set over Tallulah Gorge. Bring water for this moderate, 1 mile hike. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Monday, May 29, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
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Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led, very strenuous hike. First travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Wear your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the natural slide. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Space is limited, call to register. No pets; kids must be 10 or older.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Bear-ly TRY-Athalon -- National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 8 AM to 2 PM
Have you ever wanted to participate in a triathlon? Here is your chance to "bear-ly try" by hiking, biking and splashing a total of 1.6 miles. This is a family-friendly event. Click event for registration form.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Sensory Awareness Night Hike - Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Join us on our North Rim Trail for a leisurely stroll while learning about our senses and the senses of animals who live in Tallulah Gorge State Park. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Go-pher Camp - Jr Ranger Camp
Monday, Jul 24, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
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Children ages 7-12 can come for our gopher camp program where they will work on earning their Jr Ranger badges through different daily activities. Pack a lunch and come dressed for the weather. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot.  $75 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Solar Eclipse Festival
Monday, Aug 21, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Come watch a total solar eclipse at our park which will be in the direct path of seeing a total eclipse. The total eclipse has not happened in the United State of America since 1979. The event will take place in the helicopter pad (field) next to the campground. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Trunk or Treat for Halloween
Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Park visitors can decorate their cars and hand out treats to children as they walk from car to car. Activities will be provided for children while cars are being decorated. Prizes will be awarded for cars and costumes. Please show up on time so that no cars are driving in the parking lot while children are trick-or-treating. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
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A Ranger led hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, making the falls even more beautiful. Bring a snack and lots of water. The hike is strenuous! No pets allowed, kids must be 10 or older. Call to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Walk Off The Turkey with a hike
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older, no pets allowed. Call to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Holiday Camp
Monday, Dec 18, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM
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Children grades kindergarten through 5th can join rangers on hikes, Jr Ranger activities, crafts and much more for holiday fun the week before Christmas. Please call to make a reservation for your child.  $75 per a child for the week. 706-754-7981.
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Address/Directions
Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Rabun County


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.739750 | W -083.395233
From Atlanta: I-85 north to I-985 (I-985 turns into 365), 365 to 441 North, 441 to Tallulah Gorge. Follow signs to interpretive center to Jane Hurt Yarn Drive.
From North Carolina: Highway 441 South to Tallulah Falls.


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