Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The hike begins on the North Rim Trail where you have views of Oceana Falls and Bridal Veil Falls to the southeast as well as L’Eau d’Or (French for “water of gold”) Falls to the northwest. Depending on your physical fitness, you have some options to reach the South Rim Trail. For an easy walk, go west and cross the dam to access the South Rim Trail. Or, if you’re in good shape, descend the Hurricane Falls staircase and cross the suspension bridge. The Hurricane Falls Trail then climbs steeply to the South Rim. Walking along the edge of this side of the canyon you can see the beautiful Hawthorne Pool, Hurricane Falls, Tempesta Falls, Oceana Falls, and the Caledonia Cascade. Signs along the way point out exactly what you’re viewing, and the many overlook points are marked and numbered on the park trail map."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
"In the northwest section of Tallulah Gorge State Park, the Shortline Trail and two Terrora trails explore Tallulah Falls Lake and neighboring hills above the dam. The paved Shortline Trail (1.4 miles one-way) follows an old railroad bed through a peaceful stretch of forest, a good route for people with limited mobility or those who want to run or walk for exercise. The Terrora Lake Loop (0.5 mile) circles a small lake and runs through an array of habitats, including wetlands, rocky cliffs, hemlock stands, and pine-hardwood forest. The Terrora Upper Loop crosses a tributary stream and low hills east of the lake. The route I describe combines the three paths into an easy yet interesting dayhike."
"Instead of an out-and-back, this is a down-and-up. The ride takes you from the interpretive center near the rim of Tallulah Gorge down old jeep roads to the shores of Tugalo Lake. The trail follows a gently graded series of old forest and jeep roads, winding through ever-changing ecosystems as you descend to the lake. Tread: 8.5 miles on doubletrack forest roadbed."
--Alex Nutt, Mountain Biking Georgia (Falcon Guides).
"The Stoneplace Trail is a wide, attractive path on former logging roads that descends to an inlet on Lake Tugaloo, winding through hardwood coves and slopes covered in mountain laurel and stands of hemlock. If you want to backpack it, a shelter sits just off the trail a little less than 4 miles in. Nestled in low rolling hills, the lake cove is a real reward after the long trek down; it’s wonderfully sunny and an inspiring place to swim, fish, or just relax on the pier. From the Stoneplace Trail you can also access the brief High Bluff Loop, which wanders the hills on the north side of the Tallulah Gorge, and occasionally gives you a glimpse of the canyon."
"Tallulah Gorge State Park is a bit of a hybrid facility, containing not only the park but also a wildlife management area (WMA). The site was developed under a lease agreement between the Georgia Power Company and the Department of Natural Resources. From the parking area at Dicks Creek, you walk 120 yards to begin the hike at the large sign with a short history of the trail.Although the sign says the trail is 3.8 miles long, it is actually 4.2 miles.This difference is relatively unimportant, since the trail is not strenuous and there are no side trails or old roadbeds to confuse you. Hike 37 Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area: Broad River Trail Raccoons are plentiful throughout the state. After following the blue-blazed path through a weedy area with blackberry briars, you enter the woods."
--Donald Pfitzer, Hiking Georgia (Falcon Guides).
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