Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

» Eclipse Notice:
› To ensure visitor safety, the park will close once all parking is full on Monday, August 21. Gates open at 7 a.m. The beach and hiking trails will be open, except Bridal Veil (Sliding Rock) will be closed. 

» Pet Notice:
› For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on the gorge floor, sliding rock trail, and Hurricane Falls staircase to the suspension bridge. 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 natural resources, no groups larger than 30 are allowed.
› Weather and water flow conditions can restrict gorge floor access.


» Hunting Notice:

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


"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.


Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities


Things To Do & See


Nearby Attractions


2017 Water Release Dates

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.

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.
 
April 8 & 9, 2017 
April 15 & 16, 2017 
April 22 & 23, 2017 
May 6 & 7, 2017 
May 13 & 14, 2017 
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

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.
 
April 1 & 2, 2017
April 8 & 9, 2017
November 4 & 5, 2017
November 11 & 12, 2017
November 18 & 19, 2017

 

Hours

Park Hours 8 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fees & Passes

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Phone Numbers

Park 706-754-7981

Campground Office 706-754-7979

Reservations 800-864-7275

Address

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Rabun County

GPS Coordinates
N 34.739750 | W -083.395233