Hike the popular trails at this Georgia State Park to breathtaking views of Tallulah Gorge – a steep-walled, waterfall-filled gorge.
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Tallulah Gorge is one of North Georgia’s most stunning – and popular – geologic features. Tallulah Gorge spans 2 miles in length and carves 1000 feet deep into sheer rock walls cut by the turbulent flow of the Tallulah River. The river creates a stunning set of six waterfalls as it cascades through the steep-walled gorge, an equally stunning sight from the towering rim or the deep recesses of the gorge floor.
Tallulah Gorge State Park boasts over 15 miles of excellent hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to extremely difficult. Permits are required for trails to the gorge floor and the more remote and difficult trails, and can be obtained at the Tallulah Gorge Interpretive Center. (Arrive early on weekends and fair-weather seasons for a gorge floor hiking permit – permits are included with regular park admission but are limited to 100 per day, weather permitting.)
The Hurricane Falls Loop Trail packs the best of Tallulah Gorge’s scenic beauty in a relatively short – but difficult – 1.5 mile loop trail. The trail is well-groomed, hiking alternating stretches of mulched trail, boardwalks, a suspension bridge, pavement and metal stairs to explore Tallulah Gorge’s north and south rims, the park’s largest waterfall, Hurricane Falls, and ten signed scenic overlooks that peer deep into the gorge’s waterfall-filled depths.
The Hurricane Falls Loop Trail departs the Tallulah Gorge Interpretive Center (view maps and driving directions) on a recycled-rubber-paved trail, steadily descending elevation as it hikes west along the North Rim Trail. The hike meets a trail junction at overlook #3, turning left to hike southeast on the Hurricane Falls Trail. The views from the trail are stunning, peering deep into the gorge’s depths for lofty, dizzying views of the Tallulah River’s spilling waterfalls hundreds of feet below.
The Hurricane Falls Loop Trail continues its descent into the gorge, descending metal stairs to a suspension bridge crossing the river.
Waterfall views continue from the suspension bridge as it crosses to Tallulah’s south rim, where the trail turns left to descend a second set of metal stairs for stunning views of Hurricane Falls.
Departing Hurricane Falls, the hike retraces to the suspension bridge, climbing stairs (and grabbing a great cardio workout) in an ascent to the gorge’s south rim. The hike follows the South Rim Trail to the west, catching stunning views from its heights as it follows the winding contours of Tallulah Gorge. The trail approaches Highway 441 before crossing the Tallulah River at the dam, looping northeast on the North Rim Trail toward the Tallulah Gorge Interpretive Center and catching views from additional towering overlooks. The trail reaches the interpretive center trailhead at just over 2 miles, completing the hike.
Parking: $5, or included with a Georgia State Parks annual pass
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