Tallulah Gorge Lookouts and Cascade Falls

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Tallulah Gorge Lookouts and Cascade Falls is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tallulah Falls, Georgia that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Lots and lots of stairs but pretty

5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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!

9 months ago

Great sights to see! This was less primitive than I imagined but I still enjoyed this. Provides tons of activity and sights. There is a place to view the falls for every type of explorer. Many people sitting and watching and others were walking 300 flights of stairs, down into the gorge floor. The suspension bridge is so fun to walk across. I love how close you can get to the huge waterfall!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

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