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TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK, GA
DescriptionOne of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A 200 foot long suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows a 1 1/2 mile old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10-mile trail.
Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. The persistent trillium, monkey-face orchid and green salamander are protected species found within the gorge. An award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge, including footage of rock climbers and kayakers. A gift shop offers snacks, jewelry, toys, books, walking sticks, clothing and more.
Whitewater & Aesthetic Water Releases (2012 dates listed below)
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Alerts and Important InformationParkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees: 1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.
PET RULES: For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on the gorge floor or on any trail accessing the gorge. Leashed pets are still allowed on rim trails.
PUBLIC NOTICE: For visitor safety, gorge floor permits will not be issued on some dates in September, October, and November due to water releases. See WATER FLOW below.
On a typical day, the water flow through the gorge is 35-40 CFS (cubic feet per second). During aesthetic releases, the flow is 200 CFS, and during whitewater releases, the flow is 500 CFS on Saturday and 700 CFS on Sunday.
Whitewater Release Dates:
1st Two Weekends in April & 1st Three Weekends in November.
Aesthetic Water Release Dates:
Spring Releases-(Weekends Only) Begins 3rd Weekend in April thru the weekend before Memorial Day in May.
Fall Releases-(Weekends Only) Begins 1st weekend after Labor Day thru the month of September. Also the last weekend in October.
Note: There will also be Aesthetic Releases on Wednesdays and Fridays during the 1st three weeks in October. Please check the website for exact dates.
Please note - no gorge permits are issued during any of the whitewater or aesthetic water releases.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Atlanta: I-85 north to I-985 (I-985 turns into 365), 365 to 441 North, 441 to Tallulah Gorge. Follow signs to interpretive center either turn right or left onto Jane Hurt Yarn Drive: depending on direction of travel.
Mailing Address:TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK
338 JANE HURT YARN DRIVE
TALLULAH FALLS GA 30573
Phone Number:Information: (706)754-7981
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.