Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Tallulah Gorge State Park

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   ROCK CLIMBING TEMPORARILY CLOSED -- The park is excited to announce that a Peregrine Falcon has nested inside the gorge and is raising chicks. For this reason, rock climbing is temporarily suspended. Park staff wish to thank the observant rock climbers who reported the nest and were good stewards for this amazing raptor. Visitors may view the nest from overlooks 8, 9 and 10. Binoculars are recommended.

   HIKING -- For visitor safety, gorge floor permits will not be issued on some dates due to water releases. 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.
 
   Tallulah Gorge State Park Business Plan

Website
gastateparks.org/info/tallulah

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.739750 | W -083.395233

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

Address
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
P.O. Box 248
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Rabun County
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Hours of Operation
Park Hours: 8AM-Dark
Interpretive Center Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking.
Free permits required to access the gorge floor. Violators may be fined.

Phone
706-754-7981
706-754-7979
706-782-4014

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Friday, Jul 3, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water...  $10 a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
Monday, Jun 1, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 9 PM to 11 PM
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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.
Tallulah Trail Expo - National Trails Day Event
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
In honor of National Trails Day, Park Rangers and Volunteers will be available to provide information and answer questions on Lost Prevention, Geo-Caching, Basics of Hiking, and Native Plants and Animals of Tallulah Gorge. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Tightrope Lessons-"Get Outdoors"
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
A .25 mile hike will take us to the site of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across the gorge on a tightrope. There we will learn about the history of the tight rope walkers at Tallulah Gorge and teach the basics of walking on a slackline. Ages 8 and up. Reservations required, limit 20 spaces  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Volunteer Blitz Thursdays
3rd Thursday of Month 1 PM - 3 PM from Jun 18, 2015 until Sep 17, 2015 
Presenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
Help Tallulah Gorge State Park by volunteering to assist with park projects such as trail maintenance, painting, and litter pickup. Afterwards, you can attend a "Friends of Tallulah Gorge" meeting to learn about how you can help throughout the year. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Witches Head Hike
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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.
Jails Tails Trails
Friday, Oct 2, 2015 7 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
Participants will walk from the beginning of the Shortline Trail to a bonfire at the suspension bridge, and they'll enjoy s'mores, storytelling and a hayride. The last walk beings at 8:30. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Trunk or Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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... $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 FunPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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.
Walk Off The Turkey
Friday, Nov 27, 2015 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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.
Christmas at the Gorge
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park
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.
Contacts
Brenda Cannon
706-754-7970 

Danny Tatum
706-754-7981 

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