Tallulah Gorge Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakemont, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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 :)
We did the Gorge Floor hike. definitely recommend going down if you can! Two river crossings and a primitive trail over boulders, across slick rocks and up the side of the gorge! Best birthday present ever!