Tallulah Gorge Trail

Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

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Tallulah Gorge Trail is a hiking trail in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. It is within Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,482 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 581 feet. Tallulah Gorge Lookout and another viewpoint and the Oceana Falls and Hurricane Falls waterfalls can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Tallulah Gorge Lookout viewpoint and the Tempesta Falls waterfall.
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Tallulah Gorge Trail is a hiking trail in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. It is within Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,482 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 581 feet. Tallulah Gorge Lookout and another viewpoint and the Oceana Falls and Hurricane Falls waterfalls can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Tallulah Gorge Lookout viewpoint and the Tempesta Falls waterfall. This trail connects with the following: North Rim Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Tallulah Gorge State Park
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 581 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,482 feet
Top Elevation: 1,482 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Parks: Tallulah Gorge State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1039/1482 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1482/1482 ft

Tallulah Gorge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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 Trail Reviews

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7/31/2010
This is a great hike. The gorge is completely beautiful. I felt like I was out West somewhere like Colorado. The suspension bridge is excellent. The park runs out of the gorge passes early. This morning they ran out at 9:45 am and they only open at 8am. These are required only to goto the gorge floor and swim at sliding rock. You can go everywhere else without one. Im going back tomorrow to try to get a pass and swim. Everything was clearly marked and there are vending machines everywhere. The "Beach" past the dam isnt that inviting to me. I highly recommend this hike
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4/4/2010
Very well marked trails. North rim trail has about 300 or so stairs down to the suspension bridge over the gorge. The day we went the trail to the gorge floor was closed - they were releasing water from the dam and allowing kayakers to run the rapids. Still about 3 miles of trail were open on both sides of the gorge. Trails are well marked and well maintained. Looking forward to going back here one day to do the floor of the gorge which I understand can be very challenging.
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9/20/2003
Enjoyable trail with great views and sounds of Dick's Creek and the Broad River. Trail is very well marked and fairly level throughout. This is a great trail for beginners, but worth the trip for seasoned hikers as well. A couple of downed trees needed to be hurdled and yellow jackets near the south end of the trail required us to do a little bushwacking to avoid being stung. Some great campsites can be found about a mile in from the north trail head if you want to do an overnite. The trail starts and ends on FS87 so you can create a loop by walking the road. If walking the road from south to north be warned it is mostly uphill and could be tiring for the novice hiker.
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5/5/2003
THIS IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL TRAIL. A LITTLE HARD TO FIND, BUT WELL WORTH IT. YOU ARE BESIDE A STREAM ALMOST THE ENTIRE TRAIL. LOTS OF SMALL WATER FALLS AND RAPIDS. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TRAIL FOR BEGINNERS, BUT IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE MORE ADVANCED HIKER. LOTS OF WILDLIFE AND BEAUITFUL SCENERY. I WILL HIKE THIS TRAIL MANY MORE TIMES.
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