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 free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Exhibits in the parks 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. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge. Permits are required for all people accessing the gorge floor or rock climbing/rappelling, but not exploring the rim trails. The only approved trail for entering or leaving the gorge floor is the Hurricane Falls staircase. Both the Hurricane Falls staircase and gorge floor are very strenuous. Trails entering or exiting the gorge, as well as those on the gorge floor, are very strenuous. Visitors with health problems should not attempt to climb these trails. Children MUST be closely supervised at all times. Tallulah Gorge State Park is operated by a public-private partnership with Georgia Power Company. Many facilities, including the campground, are operated by Georgia Power rather than the Department of Natural Resources.
Even though the falls are beautiful, this place is not worth a second visit unless you are able to go to the gorge floor. It's very crowded and "touristy" amidst the stairs, lookouts and suspension bridge.
I would definitely recommend calling first to see if they are allowing passes to the floor that day.
Despite the beautiful weather, there were very light crowds a few days before Christmas and we picked up a couple of permits to hike the gorge floor at around 2pm. The gorge floor portion of the hike was very strenuous (especially the rocky climb up out of the gorge), but the incredible views made it well worth it. My 9-year old daughter (a novice hiker) made it through just fine and can't wait to return! The main part of the trail is relatively unadventurous, other than some nice lookouts into the gorge and the suspension bridge. If you can get a permit, the gorge floor hike is a must!
Saturday in November is busy at the Gorge. But it sure was beautiful, despite the crowd. We had hoped to get a permit to hike the bottom trail, but due to "water releasing" today and tomorrow, the trail was closed and no hiking was allowed. I'm rating our visit three stars due to crowds, no access to the bottom trail (which is why we made the visit in the first place) and lack of notice that the best trail in the park was closed for the weekend.
Love this trail, the gorge is beautiful and I like how the trail goes from stairs to crossing the water and through the base of the gorge. Be sure to get your gorge pass before going down the metal steps cause it's a long way back up if you forget :)
My first ever legit hike. We went to the floor and came out the rim, omg I thought I'd wasn't going to make it. This one definitely tested me but I won. It was a great feeling coming out the trail head on the other side. I will definitely do it again!!
Got here early on a weekday mid summer. I got pretty crowded after a couple of hours, but that was the only drawback for me. The falls were really nice. This is definitely a very beautiful hike. The water drowns out all noise of civilization very quickly. Easy to lose yourself in the beauty of the scenery despite all the people. The rock slide and pool at the end is awesome as well!
Falls were very pretty but the hike was very crowded and mostly stairs. If you can get there early so you can get permits to go down to the sliding rocks(they only let out 100 a day). The hike to the sliding rocks was a lot of Boulder crawling and definitely a challenge. The sliding rocks were a lot fun and very smooth. Be careful when swimming around in the pool at the bottom it goes from very deep to very shallow quickly and there are some sharp rocks at the down river. Sliced my foot on one of the rocks, and a ranger was down relatively quickly and was helpful. Even after cutting open my foot I would go to the sliding rock area at the gorge again, but next time I'll keep my sandals on while I swim.