Tallulah Gorge Getaways

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Tallulah Gorge state park was created through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Power Company. One of the most spectacular gorges in the eastern U.S., the chasm is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. The park's breathtaking views and the town's rich history make this area a favorite stopping point along U.S. Highway. 441 - the main route between Atlanta and the Great Smoky Mountains.

The park's visitor center features an award-winning film that takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge. Water Flowing through the gorge is controlled by dam releases. There are two stages to take not of when planning a trip to the gorge.

Water thunders through the gorge as kayakers and canoeists challenge their skills and spectators watch from the rim (safety prohibits hiking into the gorge during water releases). First two weekends in April and first three weekends in November of each year. This water flow is a little less than whitewater releases but a lot more than the regular flow through the gorge. During these releases, access to the gorge floor is by permit or guided hikes only. April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, September 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, October 1, 28 and 29.

Tallulah Gorge State Park is taking an aggressive position toward visitor safety and protection of natural resources. Due to the rugged terrain and fragile plant and animal life, visitors must obtain a free permit (limit 100/day) from the visitor center before hiking into the gorge. This park is in the highlands region of Georgia.

Amenities include a campground with 50 sites, 2 lighted tennis courts, a picnic area with a shelter, and a 63 acre lake with a swimming beach. More than 20 miles of trails provide great hiking opportunities. Check dates on flow release for availability of whitewater paddling through the gorge.