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CLIMBING/FALCON NOTICE: Tallulah Gorge is temporarily closed to rock climbing in anticipation of nesting Peregrine Falcons. Climbing is expected to resume this June.

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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.
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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Discover Tallulah Gorge's Hidden Gems
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
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Slackline 101
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
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Friday, May 20, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
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Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:15 PM to 11:15 PM
Monday, Jun 20, 2016 9 PM to 11 PM
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Gorge Floor Hike
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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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Witch's 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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Family Paddle
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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
Jail Tales Trail
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Friday, Oct 21, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Trunk or Treat for Halloween
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Monday, Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Whitewater-Watching Hike
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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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Walk Off The Turkey with a hike
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Friday, Nov 25, 2016 10:30 AM to 3 PM

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