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.

Pictures don't do it justice! You will enjoy this trail alongside the river in the bottom of the gorge. Wear your swimsuit underneath to play in the waterhole (flat rock platform, not a beach) at the end before your tiring ascent back up. Lots of rock scrambling but mostly safe for middle age kids. Wouldn't bring a toddler.

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5 days ago

Wonderful hike. Great place to swim. I will go back.

Beautiful views, well maintained trails! Well worth the $5. parking fee!!! Some strenuous stair climbing for athletes, and easy to moderate trails for others. Plenty of places to stop and take in the gorgeous views! Dogs are allowed on leash, not allowed down in the gorge. Bring WATER for everyone, including pets!

Lots of stairs but worth the view!

One of the most beautiful sights you will see but this is not easy. Soooo many stairs!!!!!!

Very nice place to explore for few hrs and connecting it with a swim nearby at the free beach. The stairs down to the gorge looks numerous, but not so hard as it seems.

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.