Tallulah Gorge and North and South Rim Loop Trail

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge and North and South Rim Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tallulah Falls, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 380 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

Note: Dogs allowed on rim trails only, not the Gorge Floor, Sliding Rock Trail, and Hurricane Falls Staircase. Dogs will not be able to complete this entire loop. The Tallulah Gorge is breathtaking! These trails are very well marked and stairs are very sturdy. The views of the waterfall are breathtaking. If you wish to visit the Gorge Floor, free permits (limited to 100 per day) are required and can be obtained at the Interpretive Center on the day of your visit. This allows you to go past the bottom of the stairs and onto the gorge floor, just outside the pool at the base of the waterfall. From there, there is a path through the woods and rocks that takes you down the river following all 3 waterfalls.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hiking trail. Challenging with all the stairs!

hiking
4 days ago

It was raining really hard for the last few days so parts of the trail were flooded, that was expected. We did the North Rim and the South Rim two separate days. North Rim had the amazing views, great trail. Pretty straightforward since it veers off the interpretive center. The steps to the suspension bridge was a breeze going down, 350+ steps, but def a challenge getting back up. It’s worth it! The views were just something else! We had 3 kids with us and a dog, no dogs allowed on the trail to the bridge. That’s why we have to go back another day. South Rim had overgrown vegetation/trees, you can’t really see much from the overlooks. They could have done a better job also with getting to the trail since the start of the trail is crossing over the bridge off the highway with fast cars and 18 wheelers passing by. It was kind of scary with little kids in tow. The interpretive center was close of course and all the water fountains and such, so pack up!

So crowded

hiking
12 days ago

Did just the Rim trail part today. Well marked and maintained with good views at lookouts. Mostly easy and very crowded. Arrived around 9:30am and the parking was almost full. When we left at 11:30 there was a line of cars trying to get in

hiking
12 days ago

Very well maintained, with lots of steps and several route options. Beautiful views!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike with gorgeous waterfall views. Lots of steps, so good exercise. Highly recommend if in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

lots of steps but we made it just fine with four kids 8 and under while babywearing. spectacular views!

no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the Hike with 2 kids. They were able to do the stairs. Will come back again. Wish I had the permit to go down the Briadal Veil Fall and could swim

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail. Lots of great views.

hiking
2 months ago

A gorgeous day to be out and about. The Gorge is breathtaking! The trails are very well marked and stairs are very sturdy. But boy are there A LOT OF STAIRS! To the suspension bridge and back to the car made me feel very out of shape (lol) I definitely recommend bringing a bottle of water with you! Overall great hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is well kept and takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.

2 months ago

Loved this! Be ready for stairs though. According to the sign, there's well over 1,000 stairs. Definitely not for most people or children. You can walk the top part of the loop which is by the road, and you can see the waterfall from overlook 1 just out the back of the visitor center. Really neat center for the kids to explore.

hiking
2 months ago

So many stairs!!!

I would say more of a strenuous walk Than hike. Lots of steep stairs may be much for kids to see all areas and views of the falls. Unfortunately there were no gorge permits on the day I came, but I will definitely return to go deeper into the gorge.

Great trail, did the loop hike, more steps than CloudLand canyon. Used this as a training hike for CloudLand. Beautiful views and fresh air. Go get after it!

hiking
3 months ago

Very developed trail I wouldn’t call it a hike I was very disappointed we walked beside a busy street half of the hike would not recommend

Such a beautiful trail!! Trails are very well marked & there are several scenic outlooks. I’ll be back here soon!

hiking
4 months ago

The views are spectacular! There are several flights of stairs that lead down to the bridge and out of the gorge. Would definitely do it again!

Enjoyed the trail. Did the North Rim. Overlook 1-7 are awesome. Did not proceed to 8-10 that are part of South Rim.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views .. limited options for dogs

5 months ago

when it says lot of steps they mean alot of step, but it is beautiful inside the gourge and was lots of fun just take your time and bring plenty of water.

hiking
5 months ago

I love visiting Tallulah Gorge and the trails are always well maintained. One of my favorite places to visit. I finally got to the park early enough to get one of the 100 daily gorge passes, which allows you to go past the bottom of the stairs and onto the gorge floor, just outside the pool at the base of the waterfall. From there, there is a “path” through the woods and rocks that takes you down the river following all 3 waterfalls. They had a seminar and the ranger explained that it is a moderate hike and takes about 4 hours for him to complete. Unfortunately shortly after we got on our way it rained making the rocks slippery. We got to the cliff face at the top of Oceana Falls and had to turn around and go back the way we came. I learned that I may be a capable hiker and I’m an even worse rock climber. Had a blast though, and if you’re adventurous it’s definitely worth it.

5 months ago

This makes a GREAT day trip!! Super impressive stair and walking suspension bridge down into the depths of the gorge. Take water. The walk down into the gorge is not for weaker people with respiratory conditions. Awesome photography overlooks. Interpretive center is outstanding.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery!!

hiking
5 months ago

If you like stairs, you're gonna love this.

hiking
fee
6 months ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for an exhilarating hike. The going is easy throughout . The only difficulty is the nearly 600 steps down to and up from the bridge. The views of the gorge are gorgeo..um.. amazing.

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