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.

All I think about with this trail is the hundreds of steps but more so the awesome swinging bridge. The view was gorgeous from here and well worth it.

Trail begins and ends at the State Park interpretive center. Lots of stairs. Lots of people if not early in the day. Gorge permit required for the floor. None issued when we were there due to rain.

Views are wonderful.

Ranked it as a 3 for a hike. It's more of a tourist attraction than hike. Worth seeing though.

A total of 2.6 miles is possible not including the floor.

If you want to get a permit to go out into the gorge and you're going during the high season (seems to be April - September) on a weekend, you'll have to get there as soon as they open - I believe 7:30. We weren't trying to get permits, but we heard some folks get turned down. The ranger said there was a line of more than 100 people when they opened the doors (on a Saturday in early August).

Much of the trail was either paved or very well worn. Lots of hikers. It's true that the hike was easy, unless you take the stairs down into the gorge (I believe this is the "Hurricane Falls Trail"). 1099 stairs is not easy in my book! You can go down there without a permit, you just have to stay on the platform. Nice views from the overlooks and from the gorge floor. We used this as a pre-hike before we hiked out 5 miles to the backcountry campsite on the Stoneplace Trail, and we were pretty tired by the time we got there.

Those stairs kicked my butt! I was disappointed that you have to have a permit to get to the swimming area. We arrived at the park around 12:30 and they had already given out all 100 permits for the day. We passed a lot of swimmers coming out of the gorge and when we got to the bottom there was not a soul around. I'm not sure how strictly they enforce the permit rule, but If you want to swim then I would suggest getting there right at 8 a.m. to get your pass. The park was a bit crowded but that's expected for a weekend. I'll go in the middle of the week next time.

Tallulah Gorge was the most exciting trail I've ever been on. I got passes to go to the bottom which was an amazing experience. I would definitely only recommend going to the bottom if you are an experienced hiker and bring proper gear. There is no marked trail and you have to follow the water by climbing massive boulders to get to Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the trail. The suspension bridge gave an amazing view of the gorge, but the steps to get to it were endless. I would not recommend taking the hike to the bridge unless you are in good health. There are a couple overlooks that do not require anything strenuous though.