Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-754-7981
Campground Office 706-754-7979

CLIMBING/FALCON NOTICE: Beginning February 16, 2017 Tallulah Gorge will temporarily close the wall to rock climbing to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Climbing is expected to resume this June once the chicks fledge. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars to look for the nesting raptors. Peregrine Falcons have been active in the gorge the last several years. In 2015 it was the first time in nearly 80 years that a Peregrine Falcon nested in a natural setting in Georgia.
NOTICE: Within the next couple of months, Tallulah Gorge State Park will conduct a prescribed burn in a controlled area of the park. This burn will not impact park operations but will instead encourage the land to start healthy regrowth.

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» Hiking Notice:
› For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on the gorge floor or on any trail accessing the gorge. 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 the natural resource, no groups larger than 30 are allowed.
› Weather and water flow conditions can restrict gorge floor access.
"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.
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$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

8 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 2,739 Acres
• 50 Campsites
• Pioneer Campground
• 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters
• 63-Acre Lake
• 2 Picnic Shelters
• Visitor Center
• Swimming Beach
• Suspension Bridge
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases — 2017 dates listed below
• Hiking — 20 miles of trails
• Canyon Climbers Club
• Mountain Biking
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Bicycling — 1.7-mile paved "Rails to Trails" path
• Flying Cloud Café Food Truck — weekends during the summer
• Swimming
• Fishing
• Archery
• Picnicking
• Ranger Programs
• Tennis
• Geocaching
• Kayaking

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
Chattahoochee National Forest
• Chattooga River
Dahlonega Gold Museum
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Southern Highroads Trail
Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Unicoi State Park & Lodge

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

2017 Water Release Dates:

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

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


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

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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.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive
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