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Tallulah Gorge North and South Rim Trails

Hike the Tallulah Gorge State Park rim trails, scoring stunning views of the gorge’s sheer walls and tumbling waterfalls on two of the park’s easiest trails.

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(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
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?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
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?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:Tallulah Gorge State Park in Rabun County, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

OFFICIAL MAP: Nat Geo 778 Trails Illustrated Map (find it at Trailful Outdoor Co.)

There’s a whole lot of rugged, awe-inspiring beauty to be seen at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Spanning two miles in length and 1000 feet deep, the gorge is a scenic, rocky, deep-cut canyon. Deep in its depths, the Tallulah River rages over boulders, rock outcrops and cliffs, creating an impressive series of waterfalls.

Tallulah Gorge State Park: hike the North Rim Trails to stunning high-elevation North Georgia views

This hike on the North Rim Trail and South Rim Trail catch stunning views from the canyon’s rim, without making a difficult descent into the gorge. (Want to explore the waterfalls up close? Descend hundreds of stairs and trek across a suspension bridge to see Hurricane Falls on the Hurricane Falls Trail, or score a gorge floor permit for a chance to hike the extremely challenging Sliding Rock Trail.) The North Rim Trail and South Rim Trail span 2.5 miles, combined, and offer the easiest access to some of the best views that Tallulah Gorge has to offer.

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Talluah Gorge North & South Rim Trails: the hike

The adventure begins at the park’s interpretive center (view maps and driving directions), hiking southwest from the trailhead. At the first trail junction, the hike turns left, venturing eastbound along the gorge’s north rim and catching the first view into the gorge from overlook 1A. Far below, a suspension bridge spans the gorge floor just above Hurricane Falls. Departing 1A, the hike continues eastbound to overlook 1, where gorge vistas open to the east and west. A toppled, rusted tower sits at Overlook 1, used in Karl Wallenda’s famous, adrenaline-inducing highwire crossing of the gorge in 1970.

The trail departs Overlook 1, backtracking on its outbound path toward the park’s interpretive center. At the trail junction at .6 mile, the hike continues following the North Rim Trail westbound. The hike catches stunning, deep-canyon views at Overlook 3, where L’Eau d’Or Falls tumbles over brightly covered rock deep within the gorge’s depths.

Tallulah Gorge North and South Rim Trails

Departing Overlook 3, the hike arcs to the north, exploring a shady valley filled with fern and crossing a small creek. The route catches views of the Tallulah Falls Dam and the upper stretches of the gorge from Overlooks 4 and 5, and then reaches Highway 441 at 1 mile. The hike crosses the gorge on the side of the highway, reaching Tallulah Gorge’s southern rim and traveling eastbound along the South Rim Trail.

Tallulah Gorge: hike to stunning views of the park's suspension bridge from the South Rim Trail

The hike visits Overlooks 6 and 7, catching views of the Hurricane Falls Trail suspension bridge and the Tempesta Falls waterfall. The South Rim Trail travels southeast, passing a pavilion at 1.3 miles and a stairway leading to the gorge floor at 1.4 miles. The trail descends to Overlook 8, where views of Hurricane Falls are particularly stunning from the lofty heights of the overlook.

The hike continues its descent, departing overlook 8, following stone stairs to Overlook 9, and catching beautiful views of Hurricane Falls and Oceana Falls far below. The park’s interpretive center is visible to the south, and from this perspective, the gorge’s immense depth and width are particularly breathtaking.

Hike the Tallulah Gorge South Rim Trail to stunning elevated views of the gorge's waterfalls and sheer walls

Departing Overlook 9, the trail continues descending to reach the last overlook, #10, after passing a stone bench set under a cave-like outcrop. The hike catches views of the Caledonia Cascade from Overlook 10 at 1.5 miles, and the north Wallenda tower is visible across the gorge.

From Overlook 10, the hike backpacks to the trailhead, retracing its outbound path on the South Rim Trail and North Rim Trail. The hike reaches the park’s interpretive center at 2.5 miles, completing the adventure.

More Tallulah Gorge hiking adventures

If you’re up for a workout, don’t miss the challenging Hurricane Falls Trail and the permit-only Sliding Rock Trail at Tallulah Gorge. These two trails descend deep into the gorge’s depths, catching an up-close look at the Tallulah Falls waterfalls. (And, the Sliding Rock Trail offers a bonus: the deep, chilly pool below Bridal Veil Falls is the only area within the gorge at Tallulah Gorge State Park where swimming is allowed.) Or for a more mellow hike, run or bike at the park, check out the Shortline Trail, a former rail trail that runs nearly level along the serene banks of the Tallulah River just upriver from the gorge.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Tallulah Gorge North Rim & South Rim Trails Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

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Driving Directions



GPS Coordinates

34.740217, -83.390500     //     N34 44.413 W83 23.430

Elevation Profile

Tallulah Gorge North Rim & South Rim Trails Elevation Profile

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.