Tallulah Gorge State Park

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

FLOOR PERMIT NOTICE: From October 17 through November 2, gorge floor permits will not be issued due to dam maintenance.
WATER RELEASE NOTICE: Due to drought conditions, there will not be an aesthetic water release Wednesday or Friday of this week. Throughout the remainder of the month a determination will be made each Monday whether or not a release will occur.

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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.
» Playground Notice:
› Currently, Tallulah Gorge does not have a playground on site.
"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.

$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 ($30–$32)
• Pioneer Campground ($40)
• 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters ($20)
• 63-Acre Lake
• 2 Picnic Shelters
• Visitor Center
• Swimming Beach
• Suspension Bridge
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases — 2016 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.

2016 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 2 & 3, 2016
April 9 & 10, 2016
November 5 & 6, 2016
November 12 & 13, 2016
November 19 & 20, 2016

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 16 & 17, 2016
April 23 & 24, 2016
April 30 & May 1, 2016
May 7 & May 8, 2016
May 14 & 15, 2016
May 21 & 22, 2016
September 10 & 11, 2016
September 17 & 18, 2016
September 24 & 25, 2016
October 5 & 7, 2016
October 12 & 14, 2016
October 19 & 21, 2016
October 29 & 30, 2016


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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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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Whitewater-Watching Hike
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
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A Ranger led hike, starting at 11am, 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! No pets allowed, kids must be 10 or older. Register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Spectator Hike for Kayak Race
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 9:15 AM to 1 PM
This ranger led hike will go down the sliding rock trail which is a steep quarter mile hike with 800 feet of elevation change. The hikers will get to watch as the kayaks race past the rapids and falls in the first kayak race at Tallulah Gorge. The kayak paddlers are timed and will be launched in 60 second intervals.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Monday, Nov 14, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Register in advance.  $5 plus $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, no pets allowed Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 5 PM to 6 PM
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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Sunrise Hike
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 7 AM to 8 AM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 7 AM to 8 AM
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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Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
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