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Tallulah Gorge Trail to North Rim Trail Loop

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge Trail to North Rim Trail Loop is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tallulah Falls, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 715 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Rocky Fee No dogs
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Note: A permit is required to do this full loop, as it reaches the gorge floor. As of October 2020, the park is not issuing permits. Hikers can do the portions of this route along rim trails. Please see the park website for more information: https://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge This popular hike offers incredible views of the Tallulah Gorge, several waterfalls, and beautiful north Georgia forest. If you're looking for a workout, climbing in and out of the gorge is sure to get you sweating. Note that dogs are allowed on the rim trails, but not the gorge floor. The route on this page enters the gorge floor, so those with dogs will not be able to complete this full loop. A permit is required to enter the gorge floor. These permits are limited to 100 per day, 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. There is a trail along the river where you can view the waterfalls. If you do not have a permit, you will not be able to complete the loop on this page in its entirety. Please see the park website for more permit information: https://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

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Robyn Pacheco
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Beautiful. Adults and kids in good shape will enjoy.

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Trina Tuttle
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Kendra Stapp
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jim georges
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Nicole Richard
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Confusing on what we actually did but visited all lookout spots, hiked down and up to total 1000 steps to see suspension bridge and saw gorge floor but thanks to covid no permits. Stairs are strenuous!!!!

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Scott Doran
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Savanna L.
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We actually did this + the permit to the gorge floor (would highly recommend for any experienced hikers), the gorge floor permit hike to the Sliding Rock Falls does not appear to be here on All Trails. But you can get a same day permit from the Visitor Center (they sell out quick most mornings) when the gorge floor is open, which depends on the dam, rain fall and season. It’s amazing, but challenging in some areas, requires wading up to your waist in some spots. But the falls at the end and the swimming hole is totally worth all the stairs and short but strenuous scramble out.

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Carolyn Adams-Bystrycki
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STAIRS!!! Lots of STAIRS!! Trails that are not the main loop require a permit. Well marked look out points.

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Christina Vance
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Wonderful views!

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Israel Prewitt
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This entire park is amazing. It’s is one of my favorites in the nation. BE READY FOR LOTS OF STAIRS.

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Jake Labrador
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Incredible.

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Bryan Supremacy
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One of the best! You need lot of experience with your balance and sense it. I had to help few people to get across river even though I don’t know who them and It is sure tough but I’m glad I help them so they will enjoy their experience walk loop. Still so much fun! But the last climb to the Dam are the most difficult your legs will lock up, just take your time. Have lot of fun with my dad and my 2 sisters :)

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Alyxandra Reed
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This trail was one of the harder trails I've ever done. I got the Gorge Permit and went along side the river down to Bridal Veil Falls and the Sliding Rock. No trail or markers once you go through the gate (where you need a permit to get in) and you climb over rocks and cross the water twice, once at the beginning and then again at the end to go up Sliding Rock trail. Very challenging and should be a hard rating for sure, especially going back up on the 0.25 mile trail with the 500' elevation change over large boulders. $5 fee and Sliding Rock gorge permit required. Would recommend, but definitely need to be in shape and bring lots of water and some snacks if you're going to go the long way.

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Frank Lowery
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Should probably be a hard rating

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Peng He
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Michael Cunningham
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This trail is actually the Sliding Rock permit trail. Moderate is an understatement. This trail is hard and fun as can be! The primitive trail is requires a lot of scrambling and the trail out of the Gorge is a very strenuous .25 mile up.

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Tony Putnam
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Absolutely stunning view well interpreted with multiple vista points that show incredible water features against a hard rock gorge. Lots of steps but your reward are these great views and a swinging bridge - highly recommend!

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John Gurniewicz
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Amazing scenery and an incredible workout down to Hurricane Falls and back to North and South rim

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Kim Winburn
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Nice place to spend the day in the woods. Pretty views, easy hikes, nice waterfall.

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Susann Webb
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HArd but fun and worth it! Wear good hiking shoes, chavos would’ve been a good idea but did good with my hiking boots. Wear light clothing and don’t carry to much if u don’t have to. Take time to enjoy the waterfalls. Very challenging hike but very fun! I wouldn’t bring small children.

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Josh Losey
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We did the full moon hike to the bottom of the Gorge. It was a great night led by to great trail guides.

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Cindy Lubbers
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Beautiful views and breathtaking falls! The 1,000 + stairs are a challenge but totally worth the decent and climb. A bit crowded so go early.Will visit this park again.

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Dena Zinker
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Good views. Not to strenuous.

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Brittany McGraw Harvell
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crowded and highly manicured. I personally prefer backcountry trails so it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I can see how it could be a nice short trail for families as long as they can handle all the stairs. The bridge is cool, we would have liked to make it all the way to the floor but they weren't giving out permits that day.

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Brian Hahn
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Anthony Solomon
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Katelynne Walker
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