Tallulah Gorge State Park

March 28, 2016

Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of Georgia’s most stunning and popular hiking destinations. This enormous, steep-walled gash in North Georgia’s Rabun County was carved by the turbulent flow of the Tallulah River, and it stretches an astonishing two miles long and 1000 feet deep. The Park is approximately 3 hours from Macon and provides 50 campsites for both tents and RVs. Guests staying at the State Park have access to 20 miles of hiking and mountain-bike trails. The park also has gorge overlooks from the trails leading to the gorge.

Deep inside Tallulah Gorge, the river cascades over enormous rock outcrops, creating Tallulah Falls, a stunning set of six waterfalls. 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.

The trail explores Tallulah Gorge’s north and south rims, visits the enormous Hurricane Falls waterfall, and catches dizzying views from ten scenic overlooks that peer deep into the gorge’s waterfall-filled depths. It’s a moderately difficult trail, but is it worth the effort? Absolutely.

We spent about an hour taking in the view at Hurricane Falls before making our way back up the 1066 steps to the top of the gorge. After a long day of hiking we drove back to the campsite to relax. We grilled burgers and sat by the campfire the rest of the evening.

This was also our first time trying out out new pie iron. We made apple pie using crescent dough and pie filling. Turned out good but it's a little tricky getting the temp right on an open fire.We crawled into our sleeping bags around 10PM exhausted from hiking. The next morning we got up early and had breakfast before breaking down our campsite and driving over to Unicoi State Park.

Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In