• Photo/Eric Pereira Kayakers enjoy waterfalls in Tallulah Gorge in the form of whitewater, during one of several whitewater releases done by the park each year.
  • Photo/Eric Pereira Shown is a view of the suspension bridge spanning Tallulah Gorge.

Chasing waterfalls and more at Tallulah Gorge

The Mountain Traveler - Summer 2018

As you drive through the historic town of Tallulah Falls, dating back to the 1800s, youíre just a few winding roads away from Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Ever since Georgia Power decided to create a co-op with the state park in 1992, there have been some manmade additions to Tallulah Gorge, while still preserving its natural beauty.

Stairs, a paved trail, the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center and a campground are just a few of the additions, according to Interpretive Ranger West Malenke.

With 20 miles of trails, there is nothing short of spectacular views on both sides of the canyon. A series of six beautiful waterfalls rush through the canyon.

Malenke said the more popular hikes are through the North and South Rim trails, leading to the suspension bridge overlooking the waterfalls.

A strenuous hike that leads to Sliding Rock, where you can swim in pools at the bottom of a waterfall, has also gained popularity. Malenke said you need a permit to hike into the gorge and only 100 are given out each day.

There are also mountain bike trails for those wanting to explore at a faster pace.

Malenke said at different times during the year, the park does whitewater releases and you can either boat (if you have your own boat) or watch boaters tackle the extreme whitewater. There are also aesthetic water release weekends.

In terms of wildlife, turkey vultures and squirrels will be your most common sights. However, Malenke said he has spotted deer, bears, wild hogs and more. The past couple of years, a family of peregrine falcons has made its home at TGSP.

Malenke advises visitors should drink plenty of water when hiking the park, as the most common injury is dehydration.

The park is open from 8 a.m. until dark. A $5 parking fee, or annual parking pass, is required.

For a full list of activities, including whitewater release dates, visit gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.

 

This story comes from The Mountain Traveler, a free publication. 

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