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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.

Great time hiking around with our 5 and 6 yr old kids!

Hike was great,gorgeous views all along the trail.

Absolutely beautiful. One of the best maintained set of trails. I almost felt like I was walking in a park instead of hiking through woods. But despite the lack of a "backcountry " feel, there are some spectacular views of the falls and gorge.

Great views, lots of stairs. Wouldn’t recommend for dogs or little kids. Bridge is cool.

The view today of the water fall was amazing as it is falling at the highest rate it has. It was worth the hikes and stairs

just a basic stair hike nice view but very comercial all about money

Awesome views. Well marked. No pets down, across, and up the gorge.

A lot of stairs but enjoyed and love how my legs felt after good work out for them! Would not take my dog to this! The stairs are not paw friendly and the also say they are not aloud of the floor of the gorge!

I love this trail. If you plan on hiking the gorge floor to sliding rock, get there early as they only give out 100 permits a day.

I went yesterday with my friends. We hiked and saw all the lookouts, hiked down to the Gorge, slid on the sliding rocks in 50 degree water, and hiked out on the side of the mountain. I’m an experienced hiker and if you choose to go to the Gorge and hike out the side of the mountain, be PREPARED. Bring at least 3 liters of water, sunscreen and bathing suit. Bring Electrolytes! Hiking up the side of the mountain took us at least 40 minutes and we stopped every 15 feet or so to catch or breath. Your legs and calves will be on fire. Everyone says it’s a difficult hike but they don’t give specifics. The side of the hill to get out is at least a 60-70% incline. If you are in shape and strong you could do it, if you have health issues I DO NOT RECOMMEND it.

Great views and area, but was disappointed with how short the trail around the gorge was. The only difficulty was coming back up the numerous steps. Local farm to table restaurants in Clayton made up for the lack of challenge.

Located in north central Georgia, Tallulah Gorge is referred to as the Grand Canyon of the east. As the Tallulah River flows through the gorge it passes over five waterfalls that can be seen from eight observation areas along the north and south rims or by going down 310 steps, crossing the suspension bridge, descending another 221 steps to see Hurricane Falls, and then climbing 568 steps to the south rim. (The suspension bridge bounces a lot, especially if several people are on it.) Permits are issued to only 100 people each day for swimming in the waterfalls in the gorge but you can go all of the way down to the observation deck by the river without one. The permit is really for those who want to rock hop across the river and hike down to Bridal Veil Falls. On July 18, 1970, Karl Wallenda crossed the gorge on a cable strung between two towers and did a headstand at the mid point. The steel towers that he used are still located on the north and south rims. If you want to really enjoy Tallulah Gorge, then this is the hike to take to see all of the observation areas for various views of the gorge and falls.

Beautiful scenery but take note: this trail on the app is not talking about the gorge floor. Hiking the loop across the suspension bridge is a lot of steps but nothing is better (but more difficult) here than the gorge floor leading up Sliding Rock Trail. Took my husband and I about 3.5 hours to hike (and climb and wade in freezing water) from the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center then down to the suspension bridge then further down to the gorge floor (no pets allowed on the gorge floor) then across the rocks and along the rocks all the way to Bridal Veil Falls. The real challenge is the 45 degree angle climb up Sliding Rock Trail for about .25 miles and then up to the South Rim trail and across the bridge and North Rim Trail back to the center. Difficult but so worth it! Permit is required to go down to the gorge floor (only 100 given out each day).

Beautiful scenery from both sides. Quite the workout if you decide to hike the trails from one side to the other. Take the stairs all the way down to the bridge, cross it, then come back up the stairs on the other side. It was abt 11,000 steps trail and steps.

It was a nice trail with views and the suspension bridge was fun. Besides the stairs down to the bridge and up the other side, it was a very easy trail. Good views and a nice family loop trail. I took my 3 nieces ages 7,10, and 11. They hiked to loop with no problems. I would hike it again.

Beautiful trail with some fun rock hopping. The trail goes pretty vertical on the south side of the gorge. Gorge floor permit is a MUST, as the floor was my favorite part of the hike.

Great time, a tough one but feels great afterwards.

We wanted to do the entire loop, and web site says dog friendly. However dogs are not allowed on stair down to the gorge. My son and I did the stairs and my Husband has to stay with dog. That was very disappointing. We did do the north and south rim and both were nice walks dog friendly and beautiful views. Would like to do it again without the dog, but not sure I can do stairs again tomorrow. Only giving 4 stars, because info was wrong and not totally dog friendly.

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3 months ago

A long but fairly easy trail. The last two miles provide incredible views of the lake. At the four mile marker there’s a tremendous campsite. The trail ends at a beautiful boat launch and dock with an amazing view of the lake

Very easy hike around the outer lookouts. This is not the best place to take your dogs if you are wanting to have the whole experience. There were many limitations to where dogs could go. This trail was also very busy in parts. If you are wanting to also experience the bridge, you must be the first 100 to apply for the day, which means you must be there fairly early.

Great day hike, EXTREMELY busy and lots of kids. $5 parking with lots of available spots. If you take the stairs then you get a great workout with beautiful views, definitely bring lots of water and snacks. Don't recommend if you have bad knees. The only trail that requires a gorge floor permit is Sliding Rock, and they weren't even giving out permits the day I went.

went here in 2009. beautiful dramatic scenery. easy trail

Easy walk if you stay on the rim trail above the canyon. The stairs are no joke if you venture into the canyon. If you go in, don’t stop at the bridge. Go on down to hurricane falls. Fantastic views and atmosphere.

Beautiful waterfalls. I come here mainly to use the stairs for exercise purposes. You’ll need to get there early to get a Gorge pass as they only allow 100 people into the gorge at any given time. Gorge is only open half the year so make sure you’re planning accordingly if you do decide you want to visit inside the Gorge. Inside the gorge you will find, sliding rock. There are also nearby campsites with electricity.

crowded and highly manicured. I personally prefer backcountry trails so it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I can see how it could be a nice short trail for families as long as they can handle all the stairs. The bridge is cool, we would have liked to make it all the way to the floor but they weren't giving out permits that day.

Friendly staff. Nice visitor center. Disappointed that small portion of trail is along the highway. But overall a great place. Well marked. Beautiful views. And, a few serious stair climbs for anyone looking for a good leg workout!

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