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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 1.8 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 and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest Paved River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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NOTE: The park is not issuing permits for the Gorge Floor as of July 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check here for updates: https://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge 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. Although mostly moderate, please note that this route is almost entirely stairs, which may be difficult for some visitors. 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.

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Heather Widmer
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous views of the gorge!

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Sasha Hart
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I went for the suspension bridge but got some beautiful shots of the gorge. I didn't care for the steps all that much but it's totally worth it! Would definitely go again. Helen is about 45 mins away so I usually go there afterwards for a bite to eat in Bravaria town ..

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Violet Hoda
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Hiking

I didn’t go across the bridge, didn’t want to climb those stairs, lol.

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Lacey Snyder
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Hiking

Super nice trail- very well maintained. There are a lot of stairs but it’s not too bad. I’m here in September and the leaves are still thick which makes it hard to see the views at some of the overlooks, but you still get plenty of beautiful glimpses along the way! Sliding rock and the permit-required gorge areas are blocked off due to Covid- no permits being issued. There is still plenty to see and it’s a great hike!

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Peisha Williams
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Hiking

Very beautiful view of several different waterfalls. Due to COVID-19 though you must follow this path down to the falls at Overlook 2 first (that particular path is a one way) and then go around the rest of the trail and see the overlooks out of order

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Elvira Paradise
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Hiking

Beautiful Gorge. Rim trail is nice and easy. We did the stairs to the suspension bridge and falls. Definitely a workout.

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Ashley Kraus
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Walking

This is a walk, not a hike. The trails are very well groomed, but there is garbage EVERYWHERE! I can not believe how much trash honestly, it makes me sad. The trees are so overgrown that only a couple of the lookout points actually have a view, maybe the views are better in the winter? There is only one lookout that is even close to the water. We were expecting more.

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Elizabeth Crawford
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Hiking

Walked the whole trail, I’m just dumb and forgot to record the last part. It’s beautiful and the stairs will definitely give you a workout!

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Kylie Beauchamp
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Hiking

Nice trail, will be prettier once the leaves fall a bit since everything is sorta overgrown. Lookouts are nice, make sure to go the correct direction because it’s one way per covid restrictions currently!

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Cassandra R.
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Hiking

Those steps are a killer, for sometimes great and sometimes mediocre views of the various falls. Many of the views are obstructed by foliage. The best view of Hurricane Falls is lost on the final lower platform and would be better from the other side of the river. Which you can't visit without a permit. And they're not giving out permits right now bc of COVID Visited on the weekend and it's quite busy.

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Gemma Gatti
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Hiking

All the stairs make this a great workout! It was 95° and crazy humid when we went but still a great hike/walk with great views from the suspension bridge and a few other spots along the way. Very disappointed by my fellow humans when I noticed all the trash along the trails, though. All-in-all a fun hike and rewarding views.

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Elmer Pineda
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Hiking

Great views!

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Michelle Newell
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Hiking

Beautiful views, tough stairs! So worth it though. Hubby and I want to do the gorge floor hike someday.

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Emily Olsen
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Hiking

Great trail. Only downside was that foliage has grown up and blocked some of the lookouts.

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Danny Dorminy
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Hiking

Trail was nice steps where killer. Word of advice though check weather got caught in thunderstorm which normally doesn’t bother me but it was striking trees along the trail so be careful

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Adam Stocksiek
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Hiking

The trail is mostly paved with occasional lookouts. Kind of what you would expect from a touristy place. Unfortunately though, many of the lookouts are obstructed by foliage making it difficult to see the beautiful scene below. The suspension bridge is one-way, something that I was not aware of. I ended up having to do a lot of back tracking to get to the other side of the bridge when I could have gone straight to it at the beginning. Keep this in mind when starting this trail.

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julie arkells
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HikingGreat!

We had a great time here. The “trail” is nice and paved the whole way. Be aware, if your aren’t already- there are lots, and lots, and LOTS of stairs. We appreciated the workout, but be ready for it. Lots of interesting plants and wildlife along the way, and the bridge was super cool. Would go early though, as it seems like it gets pretty busy throughout the day.

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Deborah Siebert
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HikingFeeGreat!

We did as another reviewer suggested and went first to Overlook #2 to get the 200+ downward steps, suspension bridge, and the 347 steps back up to the south rim. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and it was a bit crowded but not too bad.

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toby Mcwhirter
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Hiking

Lots of stairs … beautiful overlooks … lots of stairs.

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Anthony Cruz
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Hiking

Not a real trail.. a lot of stairs boooooooo

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»»shina«« mrtin
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BEAUTIFUL!BRING YOUR FRIENDS OF COURSE,,, its so cooool!

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Roger Phillips
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Hiking

Shady and a nice path most of the way, except crossing the dam which is on the sidewalk of US 23. We did as another reviewer suggested and went first to Overlook #2 to get the 200+ downward steps, suspension bridge, and (most importantly) the 347 steps back up to the south rim. Summer views are indeed a little blocked by foliage - fall probably more spectacular. A good workout and less crowded than I feared for a Sunday late morning.

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Kelly Anne
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Hiking

Beautiful!!! We arrived at 8 am on a Monday and were basically alone the whole time. It started getting crowded around 10 am (I.e multiple groups on the bride and no one wearing masks passing us on the stairs) on our way back to the car. Would absolutely recommended. We were not able to grab a permit to go into the water due to COVID which was a bummer, but other than that we had an incredible time!

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Jack Prince
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Hiking

A bit too overgrown for any good views.

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Matthew Wiesen
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Hiking

Very busy/crowded. I don't think most visitors believe in the virus though, hardly anyone was wearing a face mask and had no problem panting on your neck. Otherwise, I'd recommend starting with overlook 2, going to hurricane falls, then working your way backwards from overlook 10 back to 3. Get all the stairs out of the way first.

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Jonathan Brooks
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Nature trips

Quite the workout! If you just want the view from the top, there is a nice cut-over from the north to south rim trails after lookout-out #5 along the highway. It will save a lot of wear and tear on young kids and the elderly, but still give them GREAT views at the lookouts along a wide comfortable trail. If you want the workout, go down to the swing bridge and down to Hurricane Falls and get ready to do some heart racing STEPS!!

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Kris Yasinski
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Hiking

The rim trails are easy but be prepared for the stairs down to the gorge floor...or even more so the trip back up them. Beautiful views !! Both my kids did pretty well on this one with multiple breaks .

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Vannika Chhuom
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This is by far the hardest trail I’ve been on. 90 percent of this trail is stairs and boy! The way back up is crazy! The water fall is beautiful but sadly the gates weren’t open to the public for swimming.

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