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HIKING -- For visitor safety, gorge floor permits will not be issued on some dates due to water releases. See WATER FLOW below.
NOTICE -- The Georgia Power Terrora Campground located at Tallulah Gorge State Park will be closed from December 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014. The campground is scheduled to reopen March 1, 2014. Call 706-754-7979 for more information.
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.
Please be advised that flip flop and croc shoes are not allowed when obtaining a gorge floor permit.
Tallulah Gorge State Park Business Plan
Park Hours: 8AM–Dark.
Interpretive Center Hours: 8AM–5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
• 2,739 Acres
• 50 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
• Pioneer Campground ($40)
• 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters ($17)
• 63-Acre Lake with Beach* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
• Picnic Shelter* ($60) (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
• Interpretive Center & Film
• Gorge Overlooks
• Suspension Bridge
• Gift Shop
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
• Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases (2013 dates listed below)
• Hiking and Mountain Biking – more than 20 miles of trails, Canyon Climbers Club, Muddy Spokes Club, free permit required for gorge floor access
• Bicycling – 1.7-mile paved “Rails to Trails” path
• Picnicking* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts not available.)
• Ranger Programs
• Tennis* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts not available.)
• Friends of Tallulah Gorge
• / Tallulah Gorge
• / Tallulah Gorge Kayaking
• Tallulah Gorge School Program Brochure (pdf document)
PET RULES: For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on the gorge floor or on any trail accessing the gorge. Leashed pets are still allowed 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 to obtain a permit -- 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 may 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.
• During deer hunting season (Sept. 11 - Jan. 1) Stoneplace Trail permits will not be issued until after 10 a.m. and hikers/bikers are encouraged to wear reflective orange.
• 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, and during whitewater releases, the flow is 500 CFS on Saturday and 700 CFS on Sunday.
2013 Whitewater Release Dates:
- November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17
2013 Aesthetic Water Release Dates:
- September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
- Wednesday & Fridays - October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 & 30
- The last weekend in October 26, 27
Please note that no gorge permits are issued during any of the whitewater or aesthetic water releases.
View by date
Christmas at the Gorge|
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 9 AM to 11 AM
|Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camara you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike|
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Monday, Dec 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
|Join in this group hike as the evening arrives. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|
Tallulah Gorge First Day Hike|
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
|Start the year right with a beautiful hike. The hike is a moderate 2 miles and will take you to areas at the gorge that are not normally open to the public. The hike will give you views of waterfalls and the gorge from a different perspective. bring food and water and sturdy hiking shoes. Children must be 8 years or older and no pets. space is limited signup in advance. $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|