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Tallulah Gorge State Park
Park 706-754-7981
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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.
 
   Tallulah Gorge State Park Business Plan


Park Hours: 8AM–Dark.
Interpretive Center Hours: 8AM–5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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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 ($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



THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    • Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases (2016 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.)
    GeoCaching

    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.


HUNTING:
    • 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.


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, and during whitewater releases, the flow is 500 CFS on Saturday and 700 CFS on Sunday.

    2016 Water Release Dates:
    Whitewater Boating Weekends
    April 2 and 3, 2016
    April 9 and 10, 2016
    November 5 and 6, 2016
    November 12 and 13, 2016
    November 19 and 20, 2016
    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 16 and 17, 2016
    April 23 and 24, 2016
    April 30 and May 1, 2016
    May 7 and May 8, 2016
    May 14 and 15, 2016
    May 21 and 22, 2016
    September 10 and 11, 2016
    September 17 and 18, 2016
    September 24 and 25, 2016
    October 5 and 7, 2016
    October 12 and 14, 2016
    October 19 and 21, 2016
    October 29 and 30, 2016
    (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, Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
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Enjoy 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.
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Sunrise Hike
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 6:15 AM to 7:15 AM
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Join us for an early morning hike to watch the sunrise. Bring water with you and meet at the day use area. Call ahead to reserve your spot.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 12 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 2:30 PM
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A series of 12 hidden gems events will will take place in 2016. Each month will offer a unique event ranging from easy hikes to strenuous ones to paddling on a lake. Click this event for details. Please sign up in advance for the events. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Sunset Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, Mar 25, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Join us at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center as we celebrate Easter with an Egg hunt at sunset. Egg hunt starts at 7pm. For children ages 0-12 $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
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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. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM
Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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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, so register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Slackline 101
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a Slackline at the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the Gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance! Ages 12 and up. Space is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot.  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Gorge Floor Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM
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Explore this stunning gorge with a ranger-led 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 register in advance  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Witches Head Hike
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
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This guided hike will take you to the bottom of the dam to view the witch's head rock and enjoy a relaxing lunch. Bring lots of water, lunch and proper foot wear. Children must be 8 or older no pets. Register in advance.  $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Family Paddle
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Join us for a relaxing family paddle around Tallulah Lake. Kids age 2 and up are welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Hike Bike Bash
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
We will be doing a guided hike as well as a bike ride on our paved shortline trail. You can choose to do either one of the activities or both. The hike starts at 10, lunch at noon, and biking at 1pm. We will not be providing bicycles, and all riders must wear a helmet. Bring water, a snack, and lunch. Ages 12 and up. Reservations needed. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Jail Tales Trail
Friday, Oct 21, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Participants will begin at the old jail house where there will be storytelling, then walk from the beginning of the Shortline Trail to a bonfire at the suspension bridge, where they'll enjoy roasting marshmallows and a hayride. The last walk beings at 8:30. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Trunk or Treat for Halloween
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 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. 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.
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Walk Off The Turkey with a hike
Friday, Nov 25, 2016 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. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 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.


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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