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.

Done the trails to Hurricane falls. Sooooo many steps down 560 so that means 560 up. Legs was quivering after this but well worth the hike. Breath taking views !
Loved it and will do this one again.

Only had time to buzz down to the bridge, then down to the water’s edge and back up to the visitor center before a wash out rainstorm. The place is primarily man-made steps as opposed to a nature trail, but the views are still worth a quick stopover. The stairs are all open-grating, so please reconsider taking your dog, especially if they have small paws.

Beautiful Gorge and great hike.

Enjoyed this series of waterfalls and the deep gorge. Lots of stairs but worth the walk.

This trail might be nice if you your significant other are looking for a nice outing or for a family but it's not worth traveling over an hour to experience. the view at the Lookouts is pretty nice, but not amazing in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend going to this Trail unless you were going to do some other hiking at the park that same day.

I have to be honest, when I read the review of the other Poster about the Gnats I laughed. I went out there today and experience them it was kind of annoying. The trail is not very attractive and the wooded area surrounding most of the trail that I saw was somewhat barren. you can see that there was a controlled burn done out there not long ago so there is not as much plant life is there would have been otherwise. If you are just looking to get away from stress or activity, this may be a good option for you. However if you're looking for beautiful scenery I would do not recommend this particular Trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This loop is 1.5 miles long. Is connected from the Stoneplace Trail. It's skinny, rooted, not well maintained with some sections a little wider. I wouldn't waste my time riding it again. There were no views of the gorge from the trail. Enjoy the gnats.

1 month ago

This was a major disappointment! Our group of 5 regular hikers expected a nice wooded trail leading to a lake and boat launch. As we proceeded on our hike we were attacked by gnats! It never let up. The trail was dry and dusty and hundreds of Gnats!!! What was supposed to be a 10 mile RT was shortened to 6 miles. We couldn't stand the conditions. This is a relatively unattractive trail maybe worth taking in the winter if at all!

beautiful and a great short hike. steps were a great leg challenge after the suspension bridge. wish there had been more trails that didn't require a permit but it was a great day trip for the family.

As beautiful as the gorge and falls are, the steep stairs can be very strenuous especially if you have heart/breathing problems

It was definitely worth doing for the beautiful views but is much more, in my option, a nature walk than a true hike. Lots of stairs, which woke up your legs for sure but not too challenging for someone who’s in good shape. Overall, a fun hour or two activity to see the impressive gorge and falls.

Beautiful waterfall and pretty water! The climb down is steep, but the bridge over the water is neat!

Beautiful hike! lots of traffic on the weekends. Will be back for sure!!!

Loved every second of the hike and such natural beauty!!

It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful!! Loved every second of the hike!!

Says dog friendly, but we drove an hour and a half to essentially be told we would have to carry him to the gorge floor. Don't be fooled, you can totally enjoy all the other loops; like we did! The gorge floor is permit only and NOT, NOT a real path. It is a foot path at a 45 incline up and down through the forest over roots and slippery rocks. It is a treacherous hike. The only path we couldn't go on way the "Hurricane Outlook" path because people had died there the day before. The stairs are a fun one, but if you get easily dizzied or don't like hieghts, I recommend you do NOT do it. I wish I would've known about the gorge floor thing before we had gotten there so I wouldn't have been disappointed.

We did the stairs and the bridge. We were going to do some trails but ended up helping some elderly people up the stairs and were exhausted by the time we finished carrying them up. Loved the views though

We did the rim trails and the stairs to the bottom of gorge. We missed getting a pass but without pass you still get to go down to bottom. The pass would be much cooler but the only difference is it allows you to get in water & climb on the rocks. All in all a cool experience. And yes a TON of stairs.

While beautiful, I feel like this was a glorified park and not a true hiking experience. I would definitely plan on getting there early to get a permit to go down into the gorge (only 100 per day) - be prepared for the water and a more strenuous trek if you get the chance to do this part of the park.

LOTS of people there the first week of July when we were there. Enjoyed all the overlooks and the suspension bridge.

So many stairs!!! The suspension bridge was awesome. The trails were very well maintained and we were greeted with a map and verbal directions.

If you don't want to test yourself by going up and down the steps, the Rim trails are easy to walk and show off the scope of the Gorge. But if you do want the workout, take the steps at an even pace and keep breathing! Looking across the Gorge from one Wallenda tower to the other gave me chills. Lots of crowds, so there's litter. Take in the theater and information posts when you are done sweating and need the break.

Like previous reviewers, I want to emphasize that this route is only the rim trail, and nothing beats getting one of the 100 per day passes they issue in the visitor center to hike for the gorge floor. That is where you will find a really fun rock scramble along the river, and where you find Sliding Rock, a giant, natural water slide. SO FUN! We arrived about 9:30 on a Tuesday morning one July and had no trouble getting a pass. The climb back up out of the gorge is also a fun challenge.

Beautiful hike! loved the cured if the waterfalls in the gorge. the suspension bridge was awesome. The stairs were intense coming up, but there are places to sit and drink water on the way up or down. I would do this again!

many awesome views but beware of stairs, many many stairs

We couldn’t get a floor pass when we got there at 10am but still enjoyed seeing the beautiful gorge. Next time we will be there when it opens! Those stairs though

Amazing views all focused around a waterfall. The stairs are easy going down, but painful headed back up.

took a day trip, beautiful scenery, the home on the North room trail is awesome, if you take the steps prepare yourself, 600 something steps doesn't sound like much but remember you have to go down then up, the view and the suspension bridge after well worth it! for a Monday in July it wasn't too crowded. My son is five and autistic and he had a blast!!

Great hike. The steps almost killed me. nice views on the bridge. it does move while walking on it but not too much.

Lots and lots of stairs but pretty

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