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Tallulah Gorge State Park
Park 706-754-7981
Camping 706-754-7979
Picnic Shelters 706-782-4014

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   HIKING PERMITS -- For visitor safety, gorge floor permits will not be issued on some dates due to water releases. THIS INCLUDES SEPTEMBER WEEKENDS. See WATER FLOW below.

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.

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   Please be advised that flip flop and croc shoes are not allowed when obtaining a gorge floor permit.
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Park Hours: 8AM–Dark.
Interpretive Center Hours: 8AM–5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

    • 2,739 Acres
    • 50 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
    • Pioneer Campground ($40)
    • 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters ($20)
    • 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

    • Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases (2014 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
    • Swimming
    • Fishing
    • Archery
    • 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.

    • 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.

    2015 Water Release Dates:
    Whitewater Boating Weekends
    April 4-5, 11-12
    November 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    (500 – 700 cubic feet per second)
    Water thunders through the gorge as kayakers challenge their skills and spectators watch from the rim. Hiking and rock climbing in the gorge are not allowed on these dates.

    Aesthetic Water Releases
    April 18-19, 25-26
    May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
    September 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    October 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 31
    November 1
    (200 cubic feet per second)
    8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    This water flow is less than the whitewater releases but much more than the regular flow of water through the gorge. Hiking and rock climbing in the gorge are not allowed on these dates.


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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Oct 26, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEnjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Trunk or Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPark visitors can decorate their cars and hand out treats to children as they walk from car to car. Games 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.
Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunHike 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. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Walk Off The Turkey
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTake 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. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Rabun County

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.739750 | W -083.395233

Located on U.S. Hwy. 441 within the city limits of Tallulah Falls, Ga.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573 One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly...
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Tallulah Gorge State Park

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