FACILITIES AVAILABLE for June 21-23:
There are no available facilities for this upcoming weekend.
(as of June 18, 2013)
Tallulah Gorge State Park Business Plan
HIKING -- For visitor safety, gorge floor permits will not be issued on some dates due to water releases. See WATER FLOW below.
One 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 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 an on 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.
Park Hours: 8AM–Dark.
Interpretive Center Hours: 8AM–5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
- 2,739 Acres
- 50 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
- Pioneer Campground ($40)
- 3 Backcountry Adirondack Shelters ($15)
- 63-Acre Lake with Beach* (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
- Picnic Shelter* ($60) (* Operated by Georgia Power. Friends discounts do not apply.)
- Interpretive Center & Film
- Gorge Overlooks
- Suspension Bridge
- Gift Shop
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
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.
GORGE FLOOR PERMITS:
- Free permits are required to access the gorge floor and can be obtained at the Interpretive Center. Visitors must wear proper footwear to obtain a permit -- no flip-flops or crocs. Permits will not be issued after 4 p.m. (3 p.m. during daylight savings time)
- Permits limited to 100 per day. On busy days, permits may run out early in the morning. Permits are not transferable.
- Groups of 20 can get permits on Saturday and Sunday only. Groups of 30 can get permits Monday through Friday only. To protect the natural resource, no groups larger than 30 are allowed.
- Weather and water flow conditions can restrict gorge floor access.
- During deer hunting season (Sept. 11 - Jan. 1) Stoneplace Trail permits will not be issued until after 10 a.m. and hikers/bikers are encouraged to wear reflective orange.
- 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.
2013 Whitewater Release Dates:
- April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th
2013 Aesthetic Water Release Dates:
- April 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
- May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
Please note that no gorge permits are issued during any of the whitewater or aesthetic water releases.
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Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike|
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 8 PM to 10 PMSunday, Jun 23, 2013 9 PM to 11 PM
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Monday, Jul 22, 2013 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Sep 20, 2013 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 8:15 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 5 PM to 7 PM
Monday, Dec 16, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
|Take a mile and a half hike under the full moon. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|
Holiday Gorge Floor Hike|
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PMSunday, Jun 30, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
|This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles is 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|
Tri park Junior Ranger Camp|
Weekdays 12:30 PM - 4 PM from Jul 15, 2013 until Jul 19, 2013
|Open to ages 8-12, this Junior Ranger Camp will take place in Rabun County’s three state parks. It will focus on outdoor adventure, hiking, games, and crafts. All participants will earn a Junior Ranger badge. Space is limited. Register in advance. $15 per day or $60 for the week. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.|