Tallulah Gorge State Park hiking guide & top trails

Tallulah Gorge State Park: hiking & adventure guide

Run, climb, bike or hike Tallulah Gorge State Park, exploring beautiful waterfalls, steep-sided canyons, and serene river banks near Tallulah Falls, Georgia.

Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of North Georgia’s most popular destinations for outdoor adventure. The gorge, a giant two-mile-long gash in Georgia’s rolling terrain, drops nearly 1000 feet deep over near-vertical walls to the remote canyon floor below.

Hike the Tallulah Gorge trails to dizzying views of the Tallulah River's waterfalls deep within the gorgeTallulah Falls, a series of six waterfalls, plummets through the sheer walls of Tallulah Gorge

Peer into the gorge’s depths from the rim’s dizzying heights. Catch sight of Tallulah Falls, the gorge’s series of six spectacular rushing waterfalls. Plummet to the canyon floor via a seemingly never-ending series of stairs to cross a swaying suspension bridge that towers 80 feet over the rushing Tallulah River. Catch an up-close view of the Hurricane Falls waterfall from an observation deck deep within the gorge. Score a gorge floor permit (limited to 100 per day and not available on dam release days; check the park’s schedule) to cross the Tallulah River and scramble over the boulder-filled Sliding Rock Trail. Or venture upstream from Tallulah Gorge for a run, bike or nature walk on the Shortline Trail, where the Tallulah River, which flows from headwaters on Standing Indian Mountain in North Carolina, flows quiet, calm and serene.

Tallulah Gorge State Park top trails: video on YouTube

The hiking, biking, and trail running options at Tallulah Gorge are plentiful – and the sights are simply stunning. From the barely-perceptible flow of the Tallulah River upstream from the dam to the tremendous, tumultuous, powerful waterfalls deep within the gorge, there’s a whole lot of outdoor adventure to be found in the park.

Tallulah Gorge State Park: our favorite trails

These are our Tallulah Gorge State Park favorites – the trails we’ve loved and hiked year after year, season after season, enjoying their beauty with newfound awe on every visit.Explore them all, to get a full dose of Tallulah Gorge beauty – and overnight at the park’s campsites, backcountry campsites or pioneer camp for an amazing multi-day adventure.

NOTE: Before you go, be sure to check the Tallulah Gorge State Park dam release schedule. Hiking in the gorge is not allowed on water release dates.

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